Schiedea implexa

(Hillebr.) Sherff (1943)

This name is accepted

Kingdom: Viridiplantae Phylum: Magnoliophyta Class/Clade: Eudicot-CoreEudicot Order: Caryophyllales Family: Caryophyllaceae Genus: Schiedea


Key Characters:

Growth Form: Subshrubs ca. 3–6 dm tall.

Stems: Stems often swollen at the nodes, terete, 4–angled or –ridged, probably erect or ascending, branched, glabrous except sometimes in the inflorescence.

Roots: Fibrous root system.

Leaves: Leaves simple. Leaves opposite. Blades narrowly lanceolate, the uppermost linear, 10–18 cm long, 0.8–2 cm wide. Apex attenuate. Base leaf bases often connate around the stem. Blades chartaceous when dry, with only the midvein evident. Margins entire and often slightly revolute or in basal sections with minute antrorse epidermal protuberances or serrulate, at least in the distal half, sometimes the teeth irregularly spaced and inconspicuous. Midvein ± slightly excentric. Petioles 0–0.3 cm long. Stipules absent.

Flowers: Flowers in inflorescence terminal, with 20–150 flowers, ca. 20–27 cm long, diffuse, glabrous or sparsely puberulent; bracts green, oblong-lanceolate to subulate, those of central axis 2–70 mm long, those of branches and flowers 1–2 mm long; pedicels 20–40 mm long, filiform. Flowers apparently bisexual (perfect). Sepals 2–3 mm long, narrowly lanceolate, apparently purple, probably strongly reflexed and convex in the proximal ¼, the distal part concave or shallowly navicular, oriented at 5° to 30° angle to the pedicel, abaxial side glabrous, margins conspicuously scarious, ciliate, apex attenuate. Corolla (petals) absent. Stamens apparently 10; filaments ca. 6–7 mm long; anthers unknown. Ovary superior, 1-celled, placentation free-central; styles 3.

Fruit: Capsules ca. 4 mm long; oblong–ovoid; sometimes strongly exserted from calyx. Seeds unknown.


Habitat: On cliff walls; probably in mesic forest.

Elevation Range: ca. 1,525 m.

Historical Distribution

Distribution maps coming soon.

Uses and Culture


Natural History

Statewide Status


Island Status

Maui Endemic

Dispersal Agents



Name Published In: Amer. J. Bot. 30: 607 (1943)

Other References

Wagner et al. 1990:514 (EM); Wagner et al. 2005:87 (KEY, DESCR)


SNo. Scientific Name Scientific Name Authorship Locality Habitat Record Number Basis of Record Recorded By Island Publisher Date
1 Schiedea implexa (Hillebr.) Sherff Amer. J. Bot. 30: 607 (1943)