Gardenia remyi is a shrub or small tree growing 3 - 13 metres tall.
The plant is gathered from the wild for local use as a dye plant and adhesive.
The plant has become rare in the wild due to the activities of introduced mammals such as pigs, goats and deer, as well as competition from alien plants. About 60 specimens have been recorded over the past 15 years, and it is believed that there might be only a few hundred in total - few immature plants have been reported. The plant is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
Northcentral Pacific - Hawaii.
]. Moist and wet forests on ridges and gulch slopes.
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The pulp from the fruits is the source of a yellow dye[
The gelatinous leaf buds are used as a cement[
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