\ November 17, 2015 /
The plant blamed for much of Kauai’s pesticide furor is a medicinal, edible shrub with a truly awful smell.
It flowered again recently, sending across the West Kauai landscape a rank stench which, in susceptible folks, causes teary eyes, headaches and nausea.
West Kauai sugar plantation workers call it spiderflower, but it is more often known locally as stinkweed. Its scientific name is Cleome gynandra.
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