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Arizona Biologists Help Restore Mauna Kea Silversword, One Of Hawaii's Most Critically Endangered Plants

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March 10, 1998
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University of Arizona biologists are helping to restore the Mauna Kea silversword, one of Hawaii's most critically endangered plants. Spectacular silverswords were once common on the slopes of Mauna Kea. However, sheep and other animals introduced to Hawaii grazed heavily on the plants. By the 1970s, only a small population of plants remained, tucked into an inaccessible gulch.

TUCSON, AZ -- So few Mauna Kea silverswords remain in the natural population that years go by without a single plant flowering. Even if a plant does flower, the nearest silversword plant may be too far away for the two plants to exchange pollen.


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University Of Arizona. "Arizona Biologists Help Restore Mauna Kea Silversword, One Of Hawaii's Most Critically Endangered Plants." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 10 March 1998. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/03/980310080030.htm>.
University Of Arizona. (1998, March 10). Arizona Biologists Help Restore Mauna Kea Silversword, One Of Hawaii's Most Critically Endangered Plants. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 17, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/03/980310080030.htm
University Of Arizona. "Arizona Biologists Help Restore Mauna Kea Silversword, One Of Hawaii's Most Critically Endangered Plants." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/03/980310080030.htm (accessed April 17, 2014).

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