Metagonia calycina (Sm.) Nutt.
Vaccinium fauriei H.Lév.
Vaccinium hamatidens H.Lév.
Vaccinium meyenianum Klotzsch
Vaccinium calycinum is an erect, deciduous shrub growing 1 - 5 metres tall[
]. Usually terrestrial, though it is sometimes found growing as an epiphyte[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.
Pacific - Hawaii.
Wet forests and bogs at elevations from 500 - 1,800 metres[
]. The bitter-tasting fruits are added in small quantities to the fruits of Vaccinium reticulatum before cooking in order to impart a special flavour to them[
]. The bright red berries are 9 - 15mm in diameter, containing numerous, small seeds[
To treat stomach pains, the leaf buds, leaves and fruit are combined with the leaf buds and leaves of Canavalia cathartica or Dioclea wilsonii; the leaf buds, leaves, and fruit of Rumex spp.; the root of Curcuma longa; coconut (Cocos nucifera); and white sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum) by pounding into a mash[
]. The mixture is strained with Cyperus javanicus and drunk once in the morning and again in the evening[
The new leaves, fruit and flowers are used in making leis[
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