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A large plant by John N. Trager, Huntington.org.


The leaves by John N. Trager, Huntington.org.


The flower by John N. Trager, Huntington.org.

Author: 

Carl Heinrich Schultz, 1845

Family:  ASTERACEAE
Origin: 

Yemen

Soil: 

Sandy

Water: 

Medium

Sun: 

Maximum

Thickness: 

5 Centimetres

Height: 

40 Centimetres

Flower: 

Pinkish-Purple

Propagate: 

Seeds/Cuttings/Roots

Names: 

-

Synonyms: 

Cacalia semperviva, Pehr Forsskål, 1775.
Kleinia semperviva
, Augustin Pyramus de Candolle, 1838.
Notonia semperviva
, Paul Friedrich August Ascherson, 1867.

This member of the Asteraceae family was given this name by Carl Heinrich Schultz in 1845. Several other names are in use. It is found in Yemen, growing in a sandy soil with little to some water and lots of sun. The caudex, kind of potatoes, can grow to five centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 40 centimetres in height. The flowers are pinkish-purple.

The genera name means ‘old man’ from the Latin senex, and referring to the whitish grey, hairy pappus. The species name means 'always alive' as it is evergreen.


The exposed caudex from Caudiciform.com.