Harold St. John, 1969
||Molokai Island Hawaii
Alula, 'Olulu, Pu Aupaka,
rockii ssp. longiloba.
This member of the Campanulaceae family was
described by Harold St. John in 1969. It is only found on the Hawaiian
island Molokai. It grows on the hill-sides in well-drained soil with
some water and lots of sun. It can grow to 5 meters with a stem 25
centimetres in diameter, and the flowers are
white. Forrest Anderson send me some seeds from CSSA seed depot.
around 20-25 C.
The genus name: Brighamia,
is named after William Tufts Brigham, 1841-1926, geologist, botanist
and the first direction of the Bernice P. Bishop Museum, Honolulu,
Hawaiʻi. The specific name rockii is named for Joseph Frances
Charles Rock,1884-1962, an Austrian-American botanist who did much
to help our current understanding of native Hawaiian plants.
Sadly, there are now fewer than
rockii, plants growing on Moloka’i, I'm told.