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Argyroxiphium sandwicense ssp. sandwicense  (Mauna kea silversword)
Cressler, Alan

Argyroxiphium sandwicense ssp. sandwicense

Argyroxiphium sandwicense DC. ssp. sandwicense

Mauna Kea Silversword, Hawaiian Silversword

Asteraceae (Aster Family)



USDA Native Status: HI (N)

Endemic to Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Size Notes: To about 12 feet in height when flowering.
Size Class: 3-6 ft. , 6-12 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: Flower color is pink to marooon, appearing brown at a distance.



U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Threatened & Endangered Status

USFWS Species Profile: Q25I
Status: Endangered
Historic Range: U.S.A. (HI)
Critical Habitat: N/A
Special Rules: N/A
This information is derived from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Serrvice Environmental Conservation Online System.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Argyroxiphium sandwicense ssp. sandwicense in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Argyroxiphium sandwicense ssp. sandwicense in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Argyroxiphium sandwicense ssp. sandwicense


Record Modified: 2015-05-08
Research By: JAM

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