As a comment about Argyroxiphium kauense, Metrosideros wrote:

The Ka'u Silversword is an endangered species that is specific to boggy areas of montane Mauna Loa, which is also where the feral animals, which threaten the plant, like to hang out. The last natural population of the plant is at Kahuku Ranch, which the National Park Service has recently acquired. The plant is being saved from extinction by being cultivated in favorable habitat in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, and at Kulani, on the Island of Hawai'i.
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Feb 24, 2014 4:48 PM CST
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Having seen it up close in its natural habitat, I can say I've never seen an amazing plant like that. It reminds me of something outerworldly. I am glad serious efforts are being made to save it from extinction.
Feb 24, 2014 6:11 PM CST
Name: Dave Paul
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Thanks Hetty,

I managed to get to see the plants on a project to clean-up UXO at the Kulani training area. My job was to protect endangered plants from the actions of ordnance removal personel.

Aloha, Dave
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