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Bobea gaudichaudii
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Rubiaceae
Subfamily: Cinchonoideae
Tribe: Guettardeae
Genus: Bobea
Type species
Bobea gaudichaudii
(Cham. & Schltdl.) H.St.John & Herbst

Bobea is a genus of flowering plants in the family Rubiaceae. All species in this genus are endemic to Hawaii.[1] Bobea was named for Jean-Baptiste Bobe-Moreau by Charles Gaudichaud-Beaupré in 1830 in his book Voyage de l'Uranie.

The wood of Bobea is hard, wearable, and yellow. It was used for the gunwales of Polynesian voyaging canoes. The gunwales of modern canoes are sometimes painted yellow in imitation of the wood that is no longer widely available.



  1. ^ "Bobea in the World Checklist of Rubiaceae". Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d "ahakea, ahakea lau lii (B. brevipes), akupa (B. brevipes), ahakea lau nui (B. elatior)". Hawaiian Ethnobotany Online Database. Bernice P. Bishop Museum. Archived from the original on 2007-07-02. Retrieved 24 March 2009.
  3. ^ Little EL Jr, Skolmen RG (1989). "ʻAhakea" (PDF). United States Forest Service. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)[permanent dead link]

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