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"Koa‘e kea (white-tailed tropicbird) breeds mainly on oceanic islands. Frequently nests in inaccessible crevices or ledges on cliff walls, outside of Hawai‘i the species is known to nest in a variety of sites including caves, tree hollows, and in closed-canopy rain forests."
The striking Hawaiian silversword stands out starkly against the volcanic landscape of its habitat. This plant consists of a rosette of narrow, pointed silver leaves that may be up to 40 centimetres long (2), together forming a silvery sphere (3). The common name for this species comes from the shape of the leaves; these are stiff, narrowly sword-shaped, and covered with silky, silver hair (2). These plants are particularly dramatic when in flower; the tall inflorescence grows up from the rosette of leaves and may reach three metres tall, and 75 centimetres wide (2). Between 50 and 600 compound flower heads are carried on the inflorescence; the individual flowers are pink or wine red in colour (2). Two subspecies are recognised; Argyroxiphium sandwicense subsp. macrocephalum has a more elliptical-looking inflorescence than A. s. subsp. sandwicense, which is thicker (2).
Dietrich Varez personally hand screens and signs each of his brown, monocolor block prints on 80 lb. acid-free bond paper. Paper size is 9" x 12" with image size smaller. Your print of ‘Pele With Koa'e & Silversword’ comes packaged flat in a cardboard sleeve with Dietrich’s biography.
This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 06 September, 2011.