Monday, October 19, 2009

Plants of Volcano National Park

There were some beautiful plants in the park, here are just a few.

This one was actually from Mauna Kea and is for Ann V. Silverswords.

I'm not sure what this little flower is, but it was so beautiful to me. Just small little clumps with ~10 of these pink "bulbs" on them. Anyone know what these are?

The difference between the lava and the rainforest was both striking and beautiful. These are the leaves of Tree Ferns, one of the oldest living species, around in the time of the dinosaurs.

The flower of the Ohi'a tree, called a Lehue. This flower is the official flower of the Big Island of Hawaii and they can start growing on a new lava flow within 100 years - hardy!

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