Elichrysum proliferum Willd.

Family: Compositae

Genus: Elichrysum


From Bot. Reg. [quote: Elichrysum at present consists of the shrubby species formerly included in Xeranthemum; from the herbaceous ones of which it has been detached by Willdenow, as differing in character, by a receptacle not clothed with

chaffy bractes; but naked, and by a pappus not of chaffy bristles; but of simple or else feathered hairs.]


First published as Elichrysum proliferum in Sp. Pl., ed. 4 3(3): 1905 in 1803. Subsequently Elichyrsum became Helichrysum. PlantList shows Helichrysum proliferum Willd. with the same publication information as being unresolved. However Willdenow lists Xeranthemum proliferum L. in his description and therefore the name could be a synonym of Xeranthemum proliferum L. which is the basionym of Phaenocoma prolifera (L.) D.Don. This opinion is published in Nomencl. Bot. 1: 295 and Nomencl. Bot., ed. 2 740.

Also published in Bot. Reg. 1: 21 in 1815.

From Bot. Reg. Native of the Cape of Good Hope, where it is found on the tops of the mountains. Introduced by Mr. Masson in 1789.

Other names listed in Bot. Reg.:

Xeranthemum proliferum L. 1753 - basionym of Phaenocoma prolifera (L.) D.Don

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