Beacons of the Forest

Plants of Hawaii 2016

Kolea lau nui leaves gleam in the soft glow of moonlight as it filters into Kilauea’s rainforest. As they unfurl, the liko (leaf buds) of the native trees shine brightly – beacons in the forest shadows. The kolea lau nui (Myrsine lessertiana) is found only in the Hawaiian Islands.

Original painting size: 40in. × 20in.