Chrysocoma L.

Greek chrysos — gold, kome — hair, an apparent allusion to the yellow florets.

Dwarf perennial subshrubs, mostly glabrous. Stems branched. Leaves along stems, alternate, small, margins usually entire. Capitula diskoid or rarely radiate, terminal, solitary or in corymbs, with short stalks. Involucral bracts in several rows, overlapping, unequal. Receptacle pitted, flat or convex. Outer florets bisexual, ligulate or tubular, yellow or blue. Inner florets bisexual, tubular, yellow. Achenes obovate, compressed, ribbed, usually hairy. Pappus usually of 2 rows, outer row of small scales or sometimes absent, inner row of deciduous barbed bristles.

One species occasionally persists as a garden escape.

Shrubs with small, usually entire, ericoid leaves; mostly yellow florets.

About 20 species from southern Africa.

Source: Jeanes, J. (2002). Asteraceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Asterales
family       Asteraceae
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species         Chrysocoma coma-aurea L.