kaunaʻoa
Cuscuta sandwichiana

Kaunaʻoa is the only native dodder endemic to Hawaiʻi. The generic name Cuscuta is derived from the Arabic kuskut, meaning a tangled twist of hair, in reference to its appearance. These yellow parasitic plants use haustoria—specialized roots for extracting nutrients from their host plants. Official lei flower for the island of Lānaʻi. More...