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Photo by Amiamie.

Photo of the flowers by N. E. Helme,

Author:  Friedrich R.R. Schlechter, 1899
Origin:  Northern Cape; South Africa
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  7 Centimetres
Height:  23 Centimetres
Flower:  Yellow
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Scaly Othonna
Synonyms:  -

This member of the Asteraceae family was given this name by Friedrich Richard Rudolf Schlechter in 1899. It is found in Northern Cape; southern South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some sun. The caudex can grow to seven centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 23 centimetres in height. The flowers are yellow.

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 from the Greek word lepis or lepidos, 'scale', and the Latin word caulis, 'stem'; for the scaly stem.

This is a winter-grower.