Green Orchid and He’e Berry Lei
Clusters of green orchids are interspersed with red he’e berries. A beautiful, festive lei for the holidays or anytime during the year.
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COMPOSITION & CONSTRUCTION
Materials Used: Orchids and he’e berry
Hawaiian Name: ‘Okika and he’e
Scientific Name: Dendrobium and Schefflera actinophylla
Whole Dendrobium Orchids are strung kui poepoe, or in a circular pattern and h’e berry is strung length wise to create this unique lei.
Width: 2 inches in diameter.
Length: Hangs about 18 inches from neck when worn (40 inches long before being tied).
Durability: Very durable and long-lasting.
Instructions: Wrap lei in moist paper towel, place in plastic bag and refrigerate. Ideal temperature 54°F (12°C).
The He’e Berry is used at Christmas time and throughout the year as a long-lasting and colorful lei making material. Unfortunately the shade tree it grows on (schefflera) has become one of the worst weed trees, especially in the moist forest areas of the Islands. The red buds grow in clusters that resemble “arms,” which is the reason they are called “he’e,” the Hawaiian name for octopus.
Dendrobium orchids have been among Hawaii’s most popular plants since they were introduced from the Philippines in 1896. They have since become the single most valuable commercial flower in Hawaii. Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands will notice orchids throughout their vacation – they may receive a fresh orchid lei upon arrival, or enjoy a tropical cocktail with a fresh orchid hanging on the lip of their glass.
|Dimensions||23.0 × 4.0 × 2.0 in|