Superb Cyanea

Extinct circa 2003 CEOahu

"Cyanea superba was endemic to the island of O'ahu, Hawaii. It was known from the northern Waianae Mountains and the southern Koolau Mountains. Only the Waianae subspecies superba was known to be extant. More than 60 plants in two subpopulations were known in the 1970s. The subspecies (and species) then declined down to only one subpopulation containing about five plants. But those too have now finally gone. The major threats to the species and its habitats were alien plants, feral pigs, slugs and fire."

Bruegmann, M.M. & Caraway, V. 2003. Cyanea superba. In: IUCN 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.4. . Downloaded on 08 April 2011.

Image: U.S. Army Environmental Command. Cyanea Superba. Digital image. 16 Mar. 2010. Web.