In this page you will find out more about what has recently happened in Caly's life, but the wider community around her- from nearby plants to the people that move rare plant conservation forward in Hawaii.

June 25, 2019

This year’s flower bloom was short and intense… Check the image below for the entire animation! Compare it with last year's bloom when I clearly was still recovering from the nearby tree fall. 

I was not the only Cyanea or native plant in flower around here! The nearby ...

June 20, 2019

Despite the very dry spring, I am now in full flower! This year, I am joined in flowering by a few of my keiki stems that have been growing vigorously since last year when the forest canopy fell on me -I mean- opened up quite a bit…

 1 week before flower bloom

Current im...

April 29, 2019

As my flowers prepare to bloom soon, one challenge that me and other plants up here have had to cope with is a relatively dry spring, particularly in comparison to last year. In fact, the soil moisture sensor directly next to me shows the driest readings since beginnin...

March 29, 2019

Flower season is approaching! This year, following robust growth by my keiki over the last few months, several of my stems are developing flower buds!

Can’t wait to see who will come and visit!

 Not to brag, but this is one healthy canopy!

February 15, 2019

Last Saturday night (2/10) as Honolulu suffered with temperatures dropping to 64F (the Hawaiian “coolmageddon”), a few miles away temperatures at the ridge directly above me dropped to below 50F.

However, for those concerned about me and the bitter Hawaiian cold, don’t...

February 8, 2019

The time lapses and live climate data that illustrate my life on top of a mountain sometimes fail to show the extreme weather native plants like me endure...

The video above (taken by wet and cold humans) gives an example of a gusty and rainy day when I lost severa...

December 20, 2018

Behold the human laulau (a.k.a. Ryan Mudd) adjusting camera settings while hiding from the powerful glaring sun on Caly's ridge.

But in all seriousness, it takes a lot to design, build, deploy and maintain all of these sensors in the forest that keep me connected to my...

December 13, 2018

Being a plant, I use visible light from the sun as my energy source to harvest carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and turn it into my plant tissues (aka photosynthesis). So the amount of light I receive affects how much I can grow.

​​Early this year when a large invas...

October 19, 2018

Wow, time sure flies when you’re an endangered plant hanging on the brink! Scientists have already collected one years’ worth of data at the weather station they set up in close proximity to me. With this much data, they can now begin to learn what the climate is like...

October 5, 2018

This week marks a full year of images taken of the valley where I live from PlantCam's ridge camera. Because images are uploaded every 15 minutes all day long, we now have over 17,000 images from the same viewpoint! Besides providing pretty pictures that help contextua...