Schedule Change

On Friday, September 19, the U.S. Botanic Garden's outdoor National Garden will close early at 5 p.m. It will reopen for regularly scheduled hours on Saturday, September 20 at 10 a.m.

Koʻoloaʻula

Plant Botanical Name: 
Abutilon menziesii
Plant Threat Level: 
Endangered

Abutilon menziesii is an endangered Hawaiian endemic shrub that grows in dry forests on the islands of Lana'i, Maui, O'ahu, and Hawai'i. Currently, fewer than 500 plants remain in ten naturally occurring populations. The rarity of this plant can be attributed to the alteration of habitat for agricultural and urban development, overgrazing, and competition from invasive weeds and invasive animals. A conservation plan has been implemented by federal and state agencies to protect remaining habitat, establish new populations, and conserve genetic material in seed banks and botanical gardens.