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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.
Silversword, Haleakala Photograph by Guy Hamilton The rare silversword bloom in Haleakala National Park on Maui, Hawaii. This amazing plant only grows above 9,000-feet elevation and only on the island of Maui. It lives for 50 years, blooms only once in this spectacular display, and then dies. travel.nationalge...
Silversword in peak bloom, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Photo: Forest & Kim via Flickr