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This is a picture of a Kou tree I took when I visited Kahoolawe. It is an indigenous (native) tree in Hawaii but it is also found native in various other tropical places around the world. The Kou tree gets to be around 20 to 30 feet tall when full grown and makes for a great shade tree with beautiful orange flowers. The seeds are edible and the wood of the tree was used by Hawaiians to make bowls and utensils for food because the wood did not add any bad flavors to the food when used.

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Apr 27 2015 08:12 GMT Pam
What a beautiful tree, that is useful to we humans as well. And you've found one with both flower and fruit on! Clever!
Apr 28 2015 18:29 GMT Pueo PRO
It makes for a more complete picture given all those components together. The ancient Hawaiians also used the flowers in lei.
Apr 28 2015 20:47 GMT ForestSpirit PRO
A beautiful exotic tree and interesting information!
Apr 28 2015 21:30 GMT Pueo PRO
Glad you like it. I think it's a tree many people in Hawaii overlook but is quite beautiful.
Jul 30 2015 11:42 GMT Sheila PRO
This set me wondering how we know whether wild things are edible. Eat them and see if you die, I suppose!