Wiliwili Greeting Card
The Isabella Sinclair Collection greeting cards are museum-quality 5 x 7 cards, printed on very heavy stock using archival quality paper and inks. They are blank inside with a descriptive text printed on the back. The image and text are taken from Indigenous Flowers of the Hawaiian Islands by Isabella Sinclair which was published in 1885. This book was the first to feature color plates of Hawaiian flowers and plants.
Here is an excerpt of the Sinclair text which is printed on the back of this card:
The Wiliwili is found in the driest districts, not only sustaining life, but growing--luxuriantly where few other trees could exist. The wood, when dry, is almost as light as cork, and is much used by the natives for outriggers to their canoes, on account of its buoyancy. This is one of the few Hawaiian trees which shed their leaves in autumn. It blooms in early spring, and the tree may often be found covered with flowers while the leaf-buds are only forming.
The Isabella Sinclair Collection Fine Art Greeting Cards can be found in the South Shore Visitor's Center of the National Tropical Botanical Garden and other select retail merchants on the island of Kauai.
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