Scientific Name: Hippobroma longiflora
Synonyms: Isotoma longiflora, Laurentia longiflora
Common Names: Madam Fate, Madamfate, Star of Bethlehem, Star-of-Bethlehem, Star Flower
Growth Habit: Herb/Forb
Hawaii Native Status: Introduced. This naturalized ornamental garden plant is native to the West Indies.
Flower Color: White
Height: To 2 feet (61 cm) tall or more
Description: The flowers are up to 5 1/2 inches (14 cm) long, tubular, and star-like with 5, narrow, pointed lobes. Although the flowers have a jasmine-like appearance, they are not fragrant. The fruit is a drooping green capsule. The leaves are green, sessile, oblanceolate, and pinnately lobed with pointed, toothed lobes. The lower leaves are in a basal rosette, while the stem leaves are alternate.
Here in Hawaii, Madam Fate grows in moist, shady, lowland areas with moderate rainfall.
Poisonous – The milky white sap is very poisonous and irritating. Do not get the sap in your eyes as it can cause blindness. Wear gardening gloves when handling this plant.
Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Family: Campanulaceae – Bellflower family
Genus: Hippobroma G. Don – hippobroma
Species: Hippobroma longiflora (L.) G. Don – madamfate
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