Schiedea stellarioides

Schiedea stellarioides is a rare species of flowering plant in the family Caryophyllaceae known by the common name lau lihilihi. It is endemic to Hawaii, where it is known only from the island of Kauai.[1] It is threatened by the degradation and destruction of its habitat. The plant is federally listed as an endangered species of the United States.

Schiedea stellarioides

Critically Imperiled (NatureServe)[1]
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Genus: Schiedea
S. stellarioides
Binomial name
Schiedea stellarioides

This plant is a sprawling or somewhat erect subshrub growing to a maximum height around 60 centimeters. It grows in moist forest habitat.[1]

This species was once thought to be extinct; it was rediscovered in the 1990s.[1] There are small populations remaining for a total of perhaps a few hundred individuals.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Schiedea stellarioides. The Nature Conservancy.
  2. ^ USFWS. Schiedea stellarioides Five-year Review. August 2010.

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