This species from Oahu and Molokai grows in wet forest on nearly inaccessible
ridges at elevations up to about 1000 m (3300 ft.). It is small to moderately
sized (to 5 m (16 ft.) tall), with a short, slender trunk and smallish,
robust and rigid leaves that are bright green above and furnished with
dense, silvery fur on the undersides. It has large fruits.