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From the Brink of Extinction: Botanist to discuss efforts to saving rare plants at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Some of the world’s rarest plants are found in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a place where more than 100 years of preservation and protection efforts created an optimal environment in which they can survive and thrive.

The native silversword and lobelia lineages of Hawaii are spectacular examples of adaptive radiation, in which single colonizing ancestors gave rise to a stunning diversity of descendant species — yet they now include some of the world’s most critically imperiled plants.

During the past two decades, park managers have partnered with public and private organizations to pull these species back from the brink of extinction through large-scale plant reintroduction efforts. The Lyman Museum welcomes HVNP botanist Sierra McDaniel, who will discuss and illustrate these crucial efforts and ongoing restoration activities on two occasions: from 3-4:30 p.m. and again from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday (Nov. 27).

The program is part of Lyman’s Saigo Public Program lecture series. Admission is free to museum members, $3 for nonmembers.

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