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Argyroxiphium sandwicense
Plant Botanical Name: 
Argyroxiphium sandwicense
USBG Plant Location: 
Conservatory
Conservatory Room Location: 
Hawaii
Plant Threat Level: 
Threatened

Argyroxiphium sandwicense is endemic to the islands of Maui and Hawaii. Subspecies macrocephalum occurs on Maui, and subspecies sandwicense on the island of Hawaii. There are a total of eight subpopulations, many of which are limited to very few remaining naturally occurring plants.