Achyranthes splendens is a Hawaiian endemic shrub ranging in height from 2 to 6 feet tall with oval leaves 3/4 to 4 1/2 inches long and 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches wide. It grows at low elevations, generally from sea level to 100 feet, in open dry areas on rocky soil or coralline plains. It is currently known to grow along the western coast of O'ahu, on the Kalaupapa peninsula on Maui, near Manele and Maunalei Gulch on Lana'i, in West Maui, and near Kula on East Maui. There are 2 varieties recognized; one of them, A. splendens var. rotundata, is a federally listed endangered species. A. splendens var. rotundata, grows on O'ahu, Moloka'i, and Lana'i.