Beach naupaka, Hawaiian half-flower
Beach naupaka, Hawaiian half-flower – Scaevola plumieri
Category – Category 1 Invasive plant
Family – Goodeniaceae
Description – Large, bushy shrub to 16 ft. tall, commonly forming dense mounds. Flowers are white to pale lilac in short clusters at leaf axils, fruit is a green fleshy drupe.
Common to dunes, coastal hammocks, and estuary shorelines. Once promoted for use in beach stabilization projects, now displaces native species.