• Biodiversity Ti Plant
  • Ti Plant

    Cordyline fruticosa

    An Ancient Hawaiian Spiritual Plant

    Ti plants, unlike like the tea you drink, were plants brought to the Hawaiian islands by early Polynesians. In fact, the plant was spread all throughout Polynesia and cultivated for its spiritual uses and for its starchy rhizomes. But imagine this Dr. Suess-like plant having leaves that only the Hawaiian chiefs were allowed to wear around their necks.

    In Hawaii, rhizomes are fermented and distilled to make okolehao, a liquor.

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    Written by Rob Nelson

    Rob is an ecologist from the University of Hawaii. He is also an award-winning filmmaker. As principle director of Untamed Science productions his goal is to create videos and content that are both entertaining and educational. When he's not making science content, he races slalom kayaks and skydives.

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