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A large plant from

The flower from

A small wild plant by Jean Andre Audissou.

And the caudex from


Rune Bertil Nordenstam, 2012



Origin:  South-Western Namibia, North-Western South Africe
Soil:  Mix - Grit
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium

5 Centimetres


30 Centimetres

Flower:  Yellow - Greenish Yellow


Names:  -
Synonyms:  Othonna protecta, Moritz Kurt Dinter, 1923.
Othonna crassicaulis, Compton.
Othonna cylindrica, DC.

This member of the Asteraceae family was given this name by Rune Bertil Nordenstam in 2012. It is found in south-western Namibia and north-western South Africa, growing in a well drained sandy or gravel soil with some water and some sun. The caudex can grow to five centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 30 centimetres in height. The flowers are yellow, sometimes with a greenish flair.

The genera name from Crasso; "thick" and  the Greek othone, 'a linen cloth or napkin', in allusion to the downy covering of some of the earlier known species. The species is named for its habit of growing under bushes.

This is a winter-grower.

A wild plant with partly exposed caudex from

A plant from