Oil on linen in white frame
42" h x 18" w
Hawaiian lobelioids are prolific, comprising at least 115 species. Lobelia hypoleuca is the most widespread of this group, known from the upland rainforests and mesic forests of the six largest Hawaiian Islands. The curved lilac flower clusters emerge from a single stalk. The leaves have white undersides, referring to the silver belly of its marine namesake `opelu, the Hawaiian Mackerel Scad. The plant family one of the most spectacular examples of island evolution in flowering plants with curved flowers matching the bill of their bird pollinators who drink the nectar within. - Melissa Chimera
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