semperviva, Pehr Forsskål, 1775.
Kleinia semperviva, Augustin
Pyramus de Candolle, 1838.
Notonia semperviva, Paul Friedrich August Ascherson,
This member of the
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