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Tetramolopium capillare is a rare species of flowering plant in the aster family known by the common name pamakani.[1] It is endemic to Hawaii, where it is known only from the island of Maui. There are four occurrences for a total of fewer than 200 individuals. It is threatened by the degradation of its habitat caused by introduced plant species. It is a federally listed endangered species of the United States.[2]

Tetramolopium capillare

Critically Imperiled (NatureServe)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Asteroideae
Tribe: Astereae
Genus: Tetramolopium
Species: T. capillare
Binomial name
Tetramolopium capillare

This plant is a spreading shrub growing up to about 80 centimeters long and bearing solitary flower heads. It grows in shrubland and chaparral habitat, often on slopes and ridges.[2]


  1. ^ "Tetramolopium capillare". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b Tetramolopium capillare. The Nature Conservancy.