Vaccinium berberidifolium (A. Gray) Skottsb.
Vaccinium macraeanum Klotzsch
Vaccinium pahalae Skottsb.
Vaccinium peleanum Skottsb.
Flowering plant in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.
Photograph by: Malcolm Manners
Vaccinium reticulatum is an evergreen, rhizomatous shrubs with aerial shoots stiffly erect, usually 10 - 130cm tall but occasionally to 200cm[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.
Pacific - Hawaii.
Often an early successional plant on new lava flows or exposed sites[
]. The fruit can vary widely in colour from yellowish green or yellowish orange, through pink to red, dark purple or even black[
]. It is 8 - 14cm 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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