A six foot silversword has just come into flower in a small arboretum
at Puu Kihe directly above Kukaiau ranch.
In the enclosure are six silversword plants, grown from seed brought
from Haleakala in 1936 by L. W. Bryan of Hilo. One plant bloomed
last year and from its seeds Mr. Bryan now has six seedlings in
the Hilo nursery.
The silversword once was one of the most common plants on the heights
of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and Hualalai, according to Mr. Bryan, but
they have been wiped out by the wild sheep and goats.
He plans to take the nursery seedlings to the Pohakuloa area and
fence them in at a spot where the public may see them when they