Species Profile
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Mauna Loa silversword (Argyroxiphium kauense)

Kingdom: Plantae
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae

Listing Status:   

Where Listed: WHEREVER FOUND

Map of Species occurrence

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This species is listed wherever it is found, but
    • States/US Territories in which the Mauna Loa silversword is known to or is believed to occur:  Hawaii
    • US Counties in which the Mauna Loa silversword is known to or is believed to occur:  View All
Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
04/07/1993 Pacific Region (Region 1)

» Federal Register Documents

Most Recent Federal Register Documents (Showing 5 of 21: view all)
Date Citation Page Title
02/05/2013 78 FR 8185 8187 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Initiation of 5-Year Status Reviews of 44 Species in Oregon, Hawaii, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands
03/08/2007 72 FR 10547 10550 Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of 71 Species in Oregon, Hawaii, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Territory of Guam
07/02/2003 68 FR 39623 39672 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Final Designation and Nondesignation of Critical Habitat for 46 Plant Species From the Island of Hawaii, HI (1 of 2)
07/02/2003 68 FR 39673 39722 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Final Designation and Nondesignation of Critical Habitat for 46 Plant Species From the Island of Hawaii, HI (2 of 2)
03/18/2003 68 FR 12982 13141 Endangered and threatened wildlife and plants; final designations and nondesignations of critical habitat for 42 plant species from the island of Molokai, HI; final rule

» Action Plans

Action Plans (Showing 1 of 1)
Date Title
Argyroxiphium kauense Spotlight Species Action Plan

» Recovery

Recovery Plan Information Search
Current Recovery Plan(s)
Date Title Plan Action Status Plan Status
11/21/1995 Recovery Plan for the Ka`u Silversword (Argyroxiphium kauense) View Implementation Progress Final
Other Recovery Documents (Showing 3 of 3)
Date Citation Page Title Document Type
02/05/2013 78 FR 8185 8187 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Initiation of 5-Year Status Reviews of 44 Species in Oregon, Hawaii, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Notice 5-year Review, Initiation
  • 03/08/2007 72 FR 10547 10550 Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of 71 Species in Oregon, Hawaii, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Territory of Guam
  • Notice 5-year Review, Initiation
  • 12/26/2002 67 FR 78763 78765 Endangered and threatened wildlife and plants; designations of critical habitat for plant species from the island of oahu, hawaii; extension of comment period and notice of availability of draft economic analysis
  • Notice Doc. Availability
  • Five Year Review
    Date Title
    08/28/2012 Argyroxiphium sandwicense subsp. sandwicense (Ahinahina or Mauna Kea Silversword) 5-Year Review (2012)
    07/21/2009 Mauna Loa (= Ka`u) silversword 5-Year Review

    » Critical Habitat

    Current Critical Habitat Documents (Showing 5 of 16: view all)
    Date Citation Page Title Document Type Status
    07/02/2003 68 FR 39623 39672 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Final Designation and Nondesignation of Critical Habitat for 46 Plant Species From the Island of Hawaii, HI (1 of 2) Final Rule Final designated
    07/02/2003 68 FR 39673 39722 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Final Designation and Nondesignation of Critical Habitat for 46 Plant Species From the Island of Hawaii, HI (2 of 2) Final Rule Not Required
    03/18/2003 68 FR 12982 13141 Endangered and threatened wildlife and plants; final designations and nondesignations of critical habitat for 42 plant species from the island of Molokai, HI; final rule Final Rule Final designated
    03/18/2003 68 FR 12982 13141 Endangered and threatened wildlife and plants; final designations and nondesignations of critical habitat for 42 plant species from the island of Molokai, HI; final rule Final Rule Not Prudent
    12/18/2002 67 FR 77464 77465 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designations of Critical Habitat for Plant Species From the Island of Hawaii, HI Proposed Rule Unknown

    To learn more about critical habitat please see http://criticalhabitat.fws.gov

    » Conservation Plans

    No conservation plans have been created for Mauna Loa silversword

    » Petitions

    No petition findings have been published for the Mauna Loa silversword.

    » Life History

    No Life History information has been entered into this system for this species.

    » Other Resources

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    Last updated: October 1, 2014