'POKAPUA' ('Pokopua,' 'Pakapua')
Status: Held in Collections
Background information: This name literally means "dwarf." Some sources equate this name to '‘Ili‘ōpua', which is often said to be very similar to 'Kea,' but always dwarfed by it. However, both 'Pokapua' and '‘Ili‘ōpua' were held in the HSPA collection for many years, collected under different names and noted to be different canes. Furthermore, historical descriptions of '‘Ili‘ōpua' report that it is a relatively smooth cane without many hairs, while 'Pokapua' is by far the hairiest of all the canes held in collections today.
Identifying Characteristics: Stalks are greenish yellow with a moderate waxy bloom. Buds are small and ovate. Leaves drooped with long, sparse pubescent along upper surface, lower midrib, edges, and base. Sheath extremely pubescent along center and sides. Maybe be confused with 'Pake,' 'Lahi,' '‘Ualalehu,' or 'Waimea,' but distinguishable by the extreme pubescence of the sheath and leaves.