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Taxon: Argyroxiphium sandwicense DC.

Genus: Argyroxiphium
Family: Asteraceae (alt. Compositae)
Nomen number: 3983
Place of publication: Prodr. 5:668. 1836
Name verified on: 05-Apr-1994 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 23-Aug-1994
No species priority site assigned.


See also subordinate taxa:

Common names:

  • silversword   (Source: Websters Dict ) – English
  • ‘ahinahina   (Source: US Fish & Wildl List ) – Hawaiian   [Argyroxiphium sandwicense subsp. macrocephalum]
  • ‘ahinahina   (Source: US Fish & Wildl List ) – Hawaiian   [Argyroxiphium sandwicense subsp. sandwicense]

Economic importance:

Distributional range:

      Native: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    North-Central Pacific: United States - Hawaii [Maui (Haleakala) & Hawai‘i (Mauna Kea)]


  • Wagner, W. L. et al. 1990. Manual of the flowering plants of Hawai'i.
  • Webster's third new international dictionary.


Check other web resources for Argyroxiphium sandwicense DC.:

Check other web resources for images:

  • Google Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (07 October 2015)

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