It is nearly impossible to experience Hawaii without noticing the islands' ever-present flora.
Hand-woven flower leis are commonly exchanged as an expression of love, recognition, or a simple, "Welcome!" Women regularly adorn their hair with plumeria, newly picked from a tree, and even politicians take part in the floral trend, wearing leis of fresh flowers while meeting in the Capitol.
The abundance of flowers growing in the islands make it one of the most unique paradises in the world. Below, marvel at the diverse -- sometimes strange -- and always alluring flora of Hawaii, and their intricate island-specific names.
Also known as Hibiscus.
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Also known as Hibiscus brackenridgei.
Also known as Hibiscus kokio.
Also known as Abutilon menziesii.
Also known as Boerhavia repens.
Also known as Canavalia pubescens.
Also known as Plumeria. This flower is native to tropical America but grows abundantly in the Hawaiian islands.
Also known as Ipomoea or Hawaiian moon flower.
Also known as Leptecophylla.
Also known as Gardenia.
Also known as Rubus hawaiensis.
Also known as Freycinetia arborea.
Also known as Pandanus tectorius.
Also known as Gardenia taitensis or Tahitian Gardenia.
Also known as Hedychium gardnerianum. Kahili ginger is native to the Himilayas and was brought to Hawaii in the early 1900s. It is considered an invasive species in the islands.