‘Ala’ala wai nui is a low-growing native herbaceous plant. A member of the pepper family (Piperaceae), ‘ala ‘ala wai nui seeds have a pepper-like taste. Small and sticky, they resemble ground pepper. ‘Ala ‘ala wai nui grows in the forest’s understory as well as epiphytically on trees and hapu’u.
A suitable houseplant, keep out of the direct sun when in cultivation. Outside, it grows best in cinder mounds, on shady rocks, on hapu’u, or on a mossy tree trunk if it can be provided with frequent water. Propagate vegetatively by cuttings or by seed.
- Container plant
- Cultural significance
- Indoor plant
- No dangers