- Large leaved plant that grows 15-30ft tall
- Large round leaves, up to 2-3ft long
- Stem attaches at the middle of the leaf
- Red bracts, or flowers, are found along main stem
- Native to the Philippines and cultivated in tropical regions across the world
- Large leaf structure creates a dense growth that can crowd and shade out other vegetation and the forest understory
- Crowds out other forest trees and shrubs
- Grows in roadsides, gulches, and disturbed forests
Individual specimens have been located and removed in Kalaheo and Omao, and a small population is being mapped and treated in Hanalei.
You can plant pono by reporting Bingabing to KISC at 808-821-1490 or firstname.lastname@example.org . KISC crew members can remove it from your landscaping free of charge and help identify suitable replacements.
- Macaranga tanarius or Parasol Leaf Tree has very similar looking leaves and is a relative of Bingabing, however it has much smaller leaves. Leaves are less than 1′ foot long. Flowers are noticeably different as they are a pale yellow color. While the Parasol Tree is a weed, and grows very fast, it is not a KISC target and does not need to be reported.