Santolina chamaecyparissus L.

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Santolina chamaecyparissus

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Santolina chamaecyparissus

Photo: Bart Wursten

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Common names: Lavender cotton (English)
Frequency: Rare
Status: Introduced
Aromatic shrub, up to 75 cm. Leaves narrow, 2-3 mm wide, whitish-tomentose, pinnatifid with 4 rows of fleshy blunt lobes. Heads solitary, terminal, globular. Florets yellow.
Notes: It is grown as a garden ornamental, particularly for its foliage, and has once been found (record no. 2333) as a naturalised escape.
Derivation of specific name: chamaecyparissus: Greek: dwarf and cypress; the leaves resembling those of the cypress
Altitude range: (metres) 1830 m
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Worldwide distribution: Mediterranean region from Spain to Dalmatia and N Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 27.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Santolina chamaecyparissus., retrieved 13 June 2024

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