Wild About Alabama

Wildflowers

'Awikiwiki

Big_square_awikiwiki_bloom

Native Growing Area

Scientific Name: Canavalia galeata

Common Names: 'Awikiwiki

Description

Endemic to the Hawaiian Islands
O'ahu (Cultivated)

Flowers used for lei making. Early Hawaiians made roughly constructed fish nets and traps from stems and scoop nets probably made from 'awikiwiki vines for small rock pao'o (blennies) and 'opae (freshwater shrimps).

Another 'awikiwiki (Canavalia galeata) was specifically mentioned for medicinal purposes. An infusion of leaves, shoots and bark mixed with other plants as a bath for itch, ringworm and skin disorders.

Duration: Perennial

Plant Family: Fabaceae

Growth Habit: Vine,Forb/herb