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Photo Credit: Forest & Kim Starr

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Photo Credit: Forest & Kim Starr

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  • HPRWA SCORE 10
  • FAMILY Melastomataceae
  • CATEGORY Shrubs, Vines, & Others

trailing tibouchina (Dissotis rotundifolia)

An ornamental groundcover escaping cultivation and now sparingly naturalized.

  • A creeping herb with the stems rooting at nodes and erect branches up to 7 in tall
  • Velvety leaves ( 1-3 in long by 0.5-1 in wide) have 3 prominent veins and short reddish hairs
  • Single bright purple flowers (2 in wide) with 5 pedals grow throughout ground cover; small round seeds
  • Sparingly naturalized on Kaua`i, O`ahu, Maui and Big Island; native to tropical Africa
  • Spreads with seeds and vegetatively from pieces

Harm

  • Forms dense ground cover on forest floor crowding out other plants
  • Grows over small shrubs, shading and killing the shrub
  • Easily escapes the garden becoming naturalized in disturbed areas

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