Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon Literature for Canavalia galeata
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
   Fabaceae -- The Pea Family Bibliography
      Canavalia galeata

Common name(s): `awikiwiki, puakauhi
General Information
DistributionIn the Hawaiian Islands, endemic to O`ahu.

Fabaceae - Canavalia galeata

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Perennial climbers.
Leaflets chartaceous, oblong-ovate to ovate or elliptic, 4.5-16 cm long, 1.9-8 cm wide, sparsely appressed pubescent, usually glabrate with age, apex bluntly acuminate to caudate, base truncate to broadly cuneate.
Flowers 4-14(-18) in pseudoracemes 2-10 cm long; calyx often flecked with short purple streaks, 9-21 mm long, sparsely to moderately appressed pubescent, upper edge smoothly and strongly concave, upper lip 10-12 mm long, the 2 lobes connate except in the distal 2-3 mm, lowest lobe lanceolate, 4-5 mm long; corolla dark purple, standard with a white spot and streaks toward base, 36-38 mm long, wing petals 28-29 mm long, keel petals 33-35 mm long.
Pods compressed, 9.5-13 cm long, 2.5-3.2 cm wide, inconspicuously appressed puberulent, becoming sparsely so with age, each valve with a longitudinal sutural ridge and an additional longitudinal ridge 2-4 mm below the upper suture.
Seeds reddish brown, darkly so with age, oblong-elliptic, strongly compressed, 15-21 mm long, 10-13 mm wide, the hilum 9-13 mm long.