'Ohi'a Lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha)
Location: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island, Hawaii
If you have not been to Hawaii, you probably never have seen this native blossom. The 'Ohi'a Lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha) is a Hawaiian endemic plant. Here is a brief description from the University of Hawaii's Botany Department:
This extremely variable species may be mature and flower when only a few inches tall in bogs but may reach towering heights in other habitats. Leaves range from thick and very pubescent to thin and glabrous. Flowers may be either red, or less frequently, yellow. The species is the most pervasive native forest tree in Hawaii, found on all the major islands and in a variety of habitats. It is an important food plant for native birds.I photographed this one along a hiking trail in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, on Hawaii's Big Island.