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- n. Plural form of silversword.
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Still, the summit is excellent due to the views of the clouds on the west side of the mountain (where you can have a proper look without the newly risen sun blazing at you) and the cool little plants known as silverswords, which can withstand winds of over 100mph.
Although some large blocks of relatively intact high shrublands and alpine deserts still exist, overgrazing by domestic and feral livestock, wildfires, trampling from recreational activities, competition from introduced plants, removal of plants such as silverswords, and introduced ants that kill native invertebrate pollinators all pose significant threats to native species and communities.
Soon after noon we began to descend; and in a hollow of the mountain, not far from the ragged edge of the crater, then filled up with billows of cloud, we came upon what we were searching for; not, however, one or two, but thousands of silverswords, their cold, frosted silver gleam making the hill-side look like winter or moonlight.
Hike over Martian-red soil, pass skyscraping cinder cones and alien-looking silverswords, drop into a forest of ohia lehua and mamane trees, and pitch a tent for the night.
According to the article, some of these examples (like Darwin's finches, or the silverswords, which only have about 5 species) are not impressive because they have "relatively low species richness."
Given the similarity of these species (in each case, we're still dealing with finches, lizards, silverswords, or aquarium fish), these do not inspire confidence in the creative power of adaptive radiation to produce large-scale changes in organisms.
(Fig. 1), Hawaiian silverswords, and cichlids of the East African Great Lakes. "