Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon Literature for Talinum paniculatum
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
   Talinaceae Bibliography
      Talinum paniculatum

Common name(s): fameflower, jewels of Opar
General Information
DistributionNative to tropical America, southwestern United States, and the West Indies.In the Hawaiian Islands, naturalized on Kaua`i, O`ahu, Maui, Hawai`i.

Talinaceae - Talinum paniculatum

Erect, fleshy perennial herbs 3-8 dm tall.
Leaves elliptic to obovate, 3-11 cm long, 1.5-5 cm wide, apex acuminate or acute, base attenuate.
Flowers in paniculate inflorescences 20-40 cm long, pedicels slender, 10-20 mm long, bracts linear-lanceolate, ca. 3 mm long; sepals broadly elliptic to suborbicular, 2-4 mm long; petals pink to dark pink, broadly elliptic to obovate-elliptic, 3.5-4.5 mm long; stamens 5-15.
Capsules reddish, globose, ca. 3 mm long, 3-valved.
Seeds black, glossy, ca. 0.9-1.2 mm long, the surface minutely tuberculate.
2n = 24