Plants photographed on Kyffhäuser
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Lasiopogon volkii (B.Nord.) Hilliard

Lasiopogon volkii


Family: Asteraceae
Full name: Lasiopogon volkii (B.Nord.) Hilliard
Location: Kyffhäuser (2416AD + 2416CB)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): -
English common name(s): -
Synonym(s): Gnaphalium volkii B.Nord.
Status: Endemic
Description: Annual herb forming small woolly mats, stems few to many from the crown, 10-80 mm long, filiform, simple or branched, prostrate or decumbent, cobwebby-woolly, nude below or distantly leafy but closely leafy under the heads. Leaves mostly 3-8 x 1-1.5 mm, smallest under the heads, spathulate, obtuse, base narrowed, both surfaces loosely greyish-white woolly. Heads heterogamous, campanulate, c. 3 x 2 mm, each closely surrounded by leaves, then massed in woolly glomerules 5-10 mm across at the branchlet tips. Involucral bracts biseriate, subequal, slightly exceeding flowers, tips pellucid, very obtuse, often emarginate, colourless, whitish or palest straw-colour, rotate when achenes shed. Receptacle shortly honeycombed. Flowers 17-28, 5-15 ('female'), 10-16 ('bisexual'), ('female') and ('bisexual') equal or subequal, or up to three times as many as ('bisexual') as ('female'), or rarely slightly more ('female') than ('bisexual'), whitish, sometimes tipped reddish. Achenes 0.5 mm long, glabrous. Pappus bristles weakly plumose in upper third or half, terminating in a small tuft of clavate cilia, delicate patent cilia at base, cohering lightly. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora of Southern Africa)

Annual herb forming small, woolly mats up to 10 cm in diameter. Recorded from southern Namibia, where it is found on flats and hills. Flowering recorded from February to September. (from website)
Link(s) African Plant Database
JSTOR Plant Science
Kew Herbarium Catalogue
BGBM Berlin-Dahlem - Virtual Herbarium
Züricher Herbarien
iNaturalist (Namibia / Alex Dreyer)
iNaturalist (Namibia)
iNaturalist (southern Africa)
Flora of Zimbabwe
Fleurs de notre Terre - Galerie Namibie
Tree Atlas of Namibia
Photographer: AA Dreyer
Date of photograph: 04 Jul 2012
Camera make: Panasonic
Camera model: DMC-FZ45
Lens aperture: f/4.0
Shutter speed: 1/125 s
ISO speed: 80
Content last updated: 03 Oct 2022

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