Silversword (image) University of California - Berkeley Share Print E-Mail Caption A silversword, one of Hawaii's unique, endemic plants. Silverswords filled all of Kauai's carrying capacity -- the number of species a particular ecosystem can support - within about 3 million years after the island formed, and the plants have been losing species since then. The photo was taken on the slopes of Haleakalā on East Maui. Credit Yun Ying Lim, UC Berkeley Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.