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The purple fiddlehead of a native Hawaiian fern.
Seen in the rainforest of Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park. Low light conditions and rich volcanic soil were probably ideal for this plant. Altitude ~5000 ft.
I spotted this on the famous Kilauea Iki trail, which is a four hour hike down to the active volcanic crater.
Spotted on Jan 6, 2013
Submitted on Feb 8, 2013
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