Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon Literature for Lythrum maritimum
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
   Lythraceae -- The Loosestrife Family Bibliography
      Lythrum maritimum

Common name(s): loosestrife, ninika, pukamole, pukamole lau li`i, pukamole lau nui
General Information
DistributionNative to Peru and apparently Hawai`iIn the Hawaiian Islands, naturalized on Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Hawai`i.

Lythraceae - Lythrum maritimum Lythraceae - Lythrum maritimum

Slender shrubs; stems 3-10 cm long, many-branched, subglabrous.
Leaves opposite, sometimes becoming alternate on rapidly growing branches, oblong to oblong-elliptic, 7-33 mm long, 2-14 mm wide, apex obtuse, base rounded to truncate, subsessile.
Flowers solitary in the leaf axils; floral tube green, 5-8 mm long, glabrous; calyx teeth broadly ovate, mucronate, appendages slender, exceeding the calyx teeth; petals purple, ca. 4 mm long; stamens 6, slightly exserted beyond floral tube; style exserted beyond floral tube.
Capsules ellipsoid, ca. 3.5 mm long.
Seeds numerous, reddish brown, angled, ca. 0.5 mm long.