Silversword or Ahinahina Plant - The endangered plant since 1922, Ahinahina, exclusively grows only in the alpine regions of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and Haleakala. The tough skin of this plant is capable of enduring harsh weather conditions, especially snowy weather and intensive heat of the sun. Ahinahina plant is currently being cultivated and protected from external threats due to their threatened population.
Ahinahina - Silversword on the Summit of Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii
Silversword in peak bloom, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Photo: Forest & Kim via Flickr