Tag Archives: Urticaceae

Elatostema samoense Reinecke

Elatostema samoense

Distribution:

Samoa: Savai’i, Tutuila, ‘Upolu

local name: –

~~~

The Samoan flora contains about 12 to 14 species from this genus, which all are endemic to the islands.

The genus, however, appears to be in need of a revision.

Pouzolzia australis (Endl.) Friis & Wilmot-Dear

Pouzolzia australis

Distribution:

New Zealand: Macauley Island (ex), Raoul Island (Kermadec Islands)
Norfolk Islands: Norfolk Island

local names: –

Boehmeria virgata (Forst. f.) Guillemin

Boehmeria virgata

Distribution:

Austral Islands: Rapa
Fiji: Gau, Kadavu, Koro, Ovalau, Taveuni, Vanua Levu, Viti Levu
Marquesas: Fatu Hiva, Hiva Oa, Nuku Hiva, Tahuata, Ua Huka, Ua Pou
Samoa: Savai’i, Tutuila, ‘Upolu
Society Islands: Mo’orea, Ra’iatea, Taha’a, Tahiti
Tonga

local names:

ake – Tahuata / Marquesas
dogosele – Fiji
dredre – Fiji
kalolo – Fiji
kaulolo – Fiji
ona – Tahuata / Marquesas
pute – Marquesas
rabe – Fiji
rabi – Fiji
roa – Raiatea / Society Islands
tautau – Fiji
vairoa – Tahiti / Society Islands

*********************

References:

[1] Albert C. Smith: Flora Vitiensis Nova: A new flora of Fiji (Spermatophytes only). Vol. 2. Lawai, Kauai, Hawaii 1981

Pipturus platyphyllus Wedd.

Pipturus platyphyllus

Distribution:

Fiji: Nayau, Ovalau, Vanua Levu, Viti Levu

local names:

gala – Fiji
rema – Fiji
tagica – Fiji

*********************

References:

[1] Albert C. Smith: Flora Vitiensis Nova: A new flora of Fiji (Spermatophytes only). Vol. 2. Lawai, Kauai, Hawaii 1981

Haroldiella sykesii J. Florence

Haroldiella sykesii

Distribution:

Austral Islands: Raivavae

local names: –

~~~

This species from the island of Raivavae can be distinguished from the Rapan species, Haroldiella rapaensis J. Florence, by its entire leaf margins. [1]

*********************

References:

[1] Jacques Florence: Flore de la Polynésie française. Vol. 1. Paris 1997

Laportea interrupta (L.) Chew

Laportea interrupta

Distribution:

Fiji: Beqa, Kadavu, Moala, Nairai, Ovalau, Rotuma, Taveuni, Vanua Levu, Viti Levu
Wallis & Futuna: Alofi, Futuna

local names:

salato – Fiji
salato ni koro – Fiji
salato vutivali – Fiji
usogo – Rotuma / Fiji

~~~

This species is probably native to Southeast Asia and was probably introduced to Polynesia. [1]

*********************

References:

[1] Albert C. Smith: Flora Vitiensis Nova: A new flora of Fiji (Spermatophytes only). Vol. 2. Lawai, Kauai, Hawaii 1981

Elatostema urvilleanum Brongn.

Elatostema urvilleanum

Distribution:

Samoa: Savai’i

local name: –

*********************

elatostema-urvilleanum-mlid

Depiction from: ‘M. L. I. Duperrey: Voyage autour du monde: Exécuté par Ordre du Roi, Sur la Corvette de Sa Majesté, La Coquille, pendant les années 1822, 1823, 1824, et 1825, par M. L. I. Duperrey; Botanique, par Mm. d’Urville, Bory de St-Vincent et Ad. Brogniart. Paris: Arthus Bertrand 1828’

http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org

Boehmeria grandis (Hook. & Arn.) A. Heller

Boehmeria grandis

Distribution:

Hawai’i Islands: Hawai’i, Kaua’i, Lana’i, Maui, Moloka’i, O’ahu

local names: –

Parietaria debilis G. Forst.

Parietaria debilis

Distribution:

New Zealand: Rangatira Island (Chatham Islands); Great Barrier Island; Kapiti Island; Macauley Island, Raoul Island (Kermadec Islands); North Island; Aorangi Island (Poor Knights Islands); South Island; Three Kings Island; Tiritiri Matangi Island
Norfolk Islands: Norfolk Island

local names: –

Elatostema sessile J. R. Forst. & G. Forst.

Elatostema sessile

Distribution:

Society Islands: Bora Bora, Huahine, Mo’orea, Ra’iatea, Taha’a, Tahiti

local names:

ami amia – Tahiti / Society Islands
amimaia – Tahiti / Society Islands
iriaeo – Tahiti / Society Islands
toatoa – Tahiti / Society Islands

~~~

This species is very widespread and can be found in many parts of Asia as well as in Australia, within the Polynesian region it occurs at least on the Society Islands.

*********************

elatostema-sessile-rt

Photo: Ravahere Taputuarai

(under creative commons license (3.0))
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0