Carl Linnaeus Junior, 1781
Othonna pillansii, Hutch.
Othonna pygmaea, Compton.
This member of the Asteraceae
family was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1781. It is found in
Namibia and South Africa, growing in grit with little water and
some sun. The caudex will get 30 centimetres in diameter, the leaves only
3 centimetres. The flowers are yellow, and it can be reproduced by
cuttings as well.
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 'resembling Cacalia' another member of the Asteraceae family.
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