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Family: ASTERACEAE 

 Othonna hederifolia
 
 
Author:   Rune Bertil Nordenstam, 1971
Family:  Asteraceae
Origin:  Southern Africa
Soil:  Grit
Water:  Minimum
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  2,5 centimetres
Height:  6 centimetres
Flower:  Yellow
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  -
Synonyms:  -


Photo of a wild plant by Nick Helme, Ispotnature.org.

  This member of the Asteraceae family was described by Rune Bertil Nordenstam in 1971. It's found in Namaqualand, Southern Africa. The caudex will only get two and a half centimetres in diameter, the leaves are only six centimetres. It preferring grit or well-drained soil with little water and some sun. The flowers are yellow, and it can only be reproduced by seeds. 

The genera name from the Greek othone, 'a linen cloth or napkin', in allusion to the downy covering of some of the earlier known species. The species name means 'leaves like Hedera' the Ivy. I fail to see the resemblance. 

This is a winter-grower, then again: mine seems to do fine in summer!


Photo by Specks.de.