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`Ohelo cluster

 `Ohelo cluster
Photograph by P. Fukunaga, May 2000
The `ohelo is a small native shrub in the cranberry family; it has many branches with many small, rounded, toothed leaves, and bears round, red or yellow berries, which are edible raw or cooked for sauce. Formerly sacred to Pele, to whom offereings were made by throwing fruiting branches into the fiery pit at Kilauea. Wind-dried leaves are still used for tea.

 `Ohelo cluster
Photograph by P. Fukunaga, May 2000

 `Ohelo cluster
Photograph by P. Fukunaga, May 2000
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Updated: 6 June 2000 (pnf)