Olapa is a medium-sized endemic tree. They occupy the mid-canopy in the native forest. Their leaves are among the first to flutter in the wind, even as other more giant trees tower above.
The shiny, green, and palmately compound leaves contrast nicely against the bunches of blue/purple fruit it produces. Crushing some leaves emits an exciting smell, green mango for some, and carrot for others.
Olapa was and still is useful: dye, lei, medicine, weapon making, medicine, and woodworking.
To propagate: remove pulp and sow fresh seeds. Germination is slow, 1 to 6 months. Hardwood cuttings can be rooted from healthy trees.
- Container plant
- Cultural significance
- Lei flower
- No dangers