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02/20/2014 01:28 am ET Updated Feb 20, 2014

Hawaii's Flowers Are As Intricate And Alluring As Their Names

It is nearly impossible to experience Hawaii without noticing the islands' ever-present flora.

Hand-woven flower leis are commonly exchanged as an expression of love, recognition, or a simple, "Welcome!" Women regularly adorn their hair with plumeria, newly picked from a tree, and even politicians take part in the floral trend, wearing leis of fresh flowers while meeting in the Capitol.

The abundance of flowers growing in the islands make it one of the most unique paradises in the world. Below, marvel at the diverse -- sometimes strange -- and always alluring flora of Hawaii, and their intricate island-specific names.

Kokiʻo keʻokeʻo
kokiojeojeo
Also known as Hibiscus.

Maʻo hau hele
hibiscus brackenridgei
Also known as Hibiscus brackenridgei.

Koliʻo
hibiscus kokio
Also known as Hibiscus kokio.

Koʻoloa ʻula
abutilon menziesii
Also known as Abutilon menziesii.

Alena
boerhavia repens
Also known as Boerhavia repens.

ʻAwikiwiki
canavalia pubescens
Also known as Canavalia pubescens.

Melia
plumeria

plumeria

plumeria
Also known as Plumeria. This flower is native to tropical America but grows abundantly in the Hawaiian islands.

Koali ʻawa
ipomoea pes caprae
Also known as Ipomoea or Hawaiian moon flower.

Pukiawe
pukiawe
Also known as Leptecophylla.

Nanu
hawaii gardenia
Also known as Gardenia.

ʻAkala
akala flower
Also known as Rubus hawaiensis.

ʻIeʻie
freycinetia arborea

freycinetia arborea
Also known as Freycinetia arborea.

Hala
pandanus tectorius
Also known as Pandanus tectorius.

Tiaré
hawaii gardenia
Also known as Gardenia taitensis or Tahitian Gardenia.

Kahili Ginger
hedychium gardnerianum

hedychium gardnerianum
Also known as Hedychium gardnerianum. Kahili ginger is native to the Himilayas and was brought to Hawaii in the early 1900s. It is considered an invasive species in the islands.

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