Metagonia penduliflora (Gaudich.) Nutt.
Vaccinium penduliflorum Gaudich.
Flowering plant in Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, USA.
Photograph by: scott.zona
Vaccinium dentatum is a decumbent, sprawling, or weakly rhizomatous, evergreen shrub growing 30 - 200cm tall, occasionally to 300cm[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.
Pacific - Hawaii.
Wet forests and bogs[
Fruit - raw[
]. The bright red to scarlet fruit is 8 - 10mm 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[
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