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Neneleau
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Scientific classification
Genus:
Rhus
Species:
sandwicensis
Synonyms

Rhus chinensis var. sandwicensis (A.Gray) Deg. & Greenwell
Rhus semialata var. sandwicensis (A.Gray) Engler

Rhus sandwicensis, commonly known as neneleau, neleau or Hawaiian sumac, is a species of flowering plant in the cashew family, Anacardiaceae, that is endemic to Hawaii. It is small tree, reaching a height of 4.5–7.5 m (15–25 ft) and a trunk diameter of 10–30 cm (3.9–11.8 in). Neneleau inhabits dry, coastal mesic, mixed mesic and wet forests at elevations of 180–610 m (590–2,000 ft) on all main islands.

Uses

Neneleau wood was used by Native Hawaiians to make laʻau lomi lomi (massage sticks) and ʻumeke (calabashes).

Cultural significance

Neneleau is mentioned in the Kumulipo, the Hawaiian creation chant.

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