Bermudiana acris (H.Mann) Kuntze
Common Name: Hawaii Blue-Eyed Grass
Hawaii blue-eyed grass is a clump-forming perennial plant growing 15 - 30cm tall.
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use as a dye and medicine. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental.
Pacific - Hawaii.
Open, dry to boggy habitats and subalpine shrubland, at elevations of 1,550 - 2,950 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
A plant of higher elevations in the tropics, usually found at elevations above 1,500 metres[
]. It has been cultivated successfully at elevations as low as 100 metres[
Succeeds in full sun or partial shade[
]. Prefers a moist but well-drained soil[
]. Best planted under or near other plants for added protection[
The leaves are mashed and mixed with salt; white sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum); and the root bark of Senna occidentails. This mixture is used to clean diseased skin and to draw out the liquid of the splotchy skin disease known as 'pu‘upu‘u hakuma'[
The burnt ashes of the plant have been used medicinally for treating ringworm, a fungal disease of the skin[
The leaves and juice are used to give a blue stain to tattoos[
]. The dye is used for ornamenting the body and for painless tattooing[
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