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Useful Tropical Plants

Sisyrinchium acre

H.Mann

Iridaceae

+ Synonyms

Bermudiana acris (H.Mann) Kuntze

Common Name: Hawaii Blue-Eyed Grass

Sisyrinchium acre
Plant growing in native habitat
Photograph by: Forest and Kim Starr
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Sisyrinchium acre Sisyrinchium acre

General Information

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.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Pacific - Hawaii.

Habitat

Open, dry to boggy habitats and subalpine shrubland, at elevations of 1,550 - 2,950 metres[
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Title
Hawaiian Ethnobotany Online Database
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Website
http://www2.bishopmuseum.org/ethnobotanydb/index.asp
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Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.25 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

A plant of higher elevations in the tropics, usually found at elevations above 1,500 metres[
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Title
Hawaiian Ethnobotany Online Database
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Website
http://www2.bishopmuseum.org/ethnobotanydb/index.asp
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Description
Brief details on over 100 species of Hawaiian plants.
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Title
Native Plants Hawaii
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Website
http://nativeplants.hawaii.edu/plant/
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Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A website containing information on a range of native Hawaiian plants, with descriptions, habitat, traditional uses etc.
]. It has been cultivated successfully at elevations as low as 100 metres[
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Title
Native Plants Hawaii
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http://nativeplants.hawaii.edu/plant/
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Description
A website containing information on a range of native Hawaiian plants, with descriptions, habitat, traditional uses etc.
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Succeeds in full sun or partial shade[
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Title
Native Plants Hawaii
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Author
 
Website
http://nativeplants.hawaii.edu/plant/
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Description
A website containing information on a range of native Hawaiian plants, with descriptions, habitat, traditional uses etc.
]. Prefers a moist but well-drained soil[
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Title
Native Plants Hawaii
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Author
 
Website
http://nativeplants.hawaii.edu/plant/
Publisher
 
Year
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Description
A website containing information on a range of native Hawaiian plants, with descriptions, habitat, traditional uses etc.
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Title
Native Plants Hawaii
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://nativeplants.hawaii.edu/plant/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A website containing information on a range of native Hawaiian plants, with descriptions, habitat, traditional uses etc.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

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'[
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Title
Hawaiian Ethnobotany Online Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www2.bishopmuseum.org/ethnobotanydb/index.asp
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Brief details on over 100 species of Hawaiian plants.
].

The burnt ashes of the plant have been used medicinally for treating ringworm, a fungal disease of the skin[
436
Title
Native Plants Hawaii
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://nativeplants.hawaii.edu/plant/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A website containing information on a range of native Hawaiian plants, with descriptions, habitat, traditional uses etc.
].

Other Uses

The leaves and juice are used to give a blue stain to tattoos[
417
Title
Hawaiian Ethnobotany Online Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www2.bishopmuseum.org/ethnobotanydb/index.asp
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Brief details on over 100 species of Hawaiian plants.
]. The dye is used for ornamenting the body and for painless tattooing[
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Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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