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.

September 12, 2019

Hot and dry summer periods can be particularly challenging for plants to endure. Comparing the recent late summer period (8/1 and 9/9) between this versus last year,  it is clear conditions at the top of the Waianae range have been very toasty. On average, this year's...

March 14, 2019

Last week, we visited Caly and the monitoring system do some repairs and maintenance. As usual, the scenery eclipsed time on the climb up the mountain to where Caly lives.

 Photo credit: Elyse Butler

When we arrived, we got to work at the base station, whe...

January 18, 2019

If you answered they are both from Hawaii, sorry but pineapples are from South America!

Ok, another clue: What do Caly, pineapples and spiral galaxies have in common?

…The answer is that they all exhibit a geometric pattern called a golden spiral (or Fibonacci spiral). F...

November 11, 2018

A year ago, we were out in the field working furiously to try to get our plantcam project set up after weeks of work up in the ridge and gulch below. It was already late enough that we were racing the sunset to hike out before dark. But after so much frantic work we re...

November 3, 2018

Check the animation below for the entire time lapse of this year's flowering and fruiting! Overall, it was not a great fruiting year, but still better than expected given months ago we were uncertain Caly would even be able to flower at all. On October 1st, most of Cal...

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Time lapse of this year’s flower bloom!

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