Koko Crater

We spent Thanksgiving weekend visiting Guy's nephew in Oahu. We visited the Koko Crater Botanical Garden in the southeast corner of the island, about 10 miles east of Diamond Head, and a mile north of Hanauma Bay (as the nene flies).

This is a dry landscape in a southern rainshadow. The garden is young, admission is free, and tours are self-guided. The collection features bouganvillea, plumeria, dryland palms, cacti, cycads, and a grove of young baobab trees (among other things). Many of the most of the interesting specimens have accession tags.

Here are some pictures.



Here is the plumeria's fruit--elongated capsules, 10 inches long--but I still can't figure out the sex parts.

Plumeria fruit

Euphorbia milii. You can grow this outdoors in San Francisco (and I do), but it's so much more impressive in low desert gardens.

Euphorbia milii

Agave attenuata. I was surprised to see this plant all over Oahu, because I've never seen it in Kauai (the Hawaiian island I visit most often).


Agave attenuata

What looked like some Euphorbia hung from trees like Spanish Moss.


This went on for acres.




(Note Nolina texana in the background.)





Even small baobabs (Adansonia) make very impressive specimens, and Koko Crater has dozens.


I'll be excited come back here every few years to monitor their progress.


A couple days later we visited the Foster Botanical Garden, Hawaii's crown jewel of botanic gardens.


Christopher C. NC said...

Very nice. I like the Ponytail Palms a lot when they get big like that. It looks like there has been some winter rains already. The background was looking green.

chuck b. said...

Yes, apparently it went from brown to green quite recently. I can't recall having seen Hawaii's summer dormancy. That would be interesting to me.

JvA said...

Crazy!!! When I was a teenager, I spent one semi-horrible summer on Oahu in the haole-unfriendly Makaha/Nanakuli/Waianae areas, but I don't remember seeing any cactus or crazy snake plants. NEAT.

JvA said...

Also, speaking of cactus, let me know if there is any desert botanical awesomeness that you'd like me to get pictures of in the Tucson area. I'm sure we'll be visiting Arthur's mom there soon.

chuck b. said...

I don't know anything abotu Tucscon. They pronounce it tuck-son on the Sarah Silverman Program which I think is funny.

lisa said...

Very cool...all the cacti together like that look like a crowd of aliens or something. I like that goose...interesting it resides upland and away from water.