By: Taylor Rosson
An Overview of the Silversword
The Silversword is found only in a 250 acre area on Maui, an island of Hawaii. The area where they grow the elevation is between 7,000-10,000 feet above sea level, that's above cloud level, and they grow in volcanic cinders! The Silversword can live up to 50 years and towards the end of their life they grow a flowering stalk as shown to the right.
Where the Silversword grows the climate is dry, sunny, and cold due to the high elevation. Also it can hear itself up by making a reflective oven, this means that it can heat itself up by solar power. It can heat itself up by up to 40 degrees Fahrenheit! The plant has adapted by storing water in its thick leaves. As it grows it uses more of the water and it will start to droop down after it grows its stalk.
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