Lycopodiella cernua – Hawaii Picture

Lycopodiella cernua

Wāwaeʻiole or Staghorn clubmoss
Lycopodiaceae (Club-moss family)
Indigenous to the Hawaiian Islands (all the main islands except Niʻihau and Kahoʻolawe)
Kaʻala, Oʻahu

The Hawaiian names allude to physical features of a rat, wāwaeʻiole (rat’s foot), huluhulu a ʻiole (hair like a rat’s), and hulu ʻiole (rat’s hair).

Early Hawaiians used the plant medicinally to treat rheumatic patients. They would bathe the affected areas in prepared wāwaeʻiole that had been boiled for three hours.

The generic name Lycopodiella is derived from the Greek lycos, "wolf," and podos "foot," it’s likeness to a wolves foot (referring to the genus Lycopodium), + -ella, a diminutive suffx.

The specific epithet cerna is from the Greek for the colour of bees-wax, waxy-yellow.

Image published by D.Eickhoff on 2011-10-07 17:17:44 and used under Creative Commons license.

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