‘Ilima (Sida fallax)
Location: Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii
‘Ilima (Sida fallax) is a wildflower common in coastal areas of Hawaii. The plant has developed into several different forms. This particular one grows as a low shrub. Another version, called ‘Ilima papa, grows close to the ground.
It is a wildflower, but many people cultivate it in their gardens. 'Ilima papa, the version that grows close to the ground, is sometimes planted as a ground cover. We have several 'Ilima shrubs on our property. They were sown there by the wind, but since we like the plant with its pretty yellow-orange flowers and pale green foliage, we water the ones we find so that they will flourish where nature planted them.
The flowers of the 'Ilima are used for a very special kind of lei. If you would like to see what an 'Ilima lei looks like, here is a link to a website that has a photo. [Note: Link goes to a shopping site. I have no connection with that site; just linking to it because of the photo.]
I understand that the 'Ilima has some medicinal uses in the traditional Hawaiian culture. The local honeybees like the 'Ilima flowers, too.