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Gossypianthus lanuginosus (Poir.) Moq.

Kingdom: Plantae Rank: Species Parent: Gossypianthus Status: Valid

Morphological Description

Diagnosis: Perennial herb; stems often procumbent, sometimes ascending; leaves opposite; rosette leaves with wide-winged petiole without chlorophyll; cauline leaves short-petioled, oval to obovate; inflorescence a spike of 6-12 axillary flowers; flowers sessile, 5-merous, perfect; tepals 3-nerved, green between nerves, densely lanate with silky hairs; stamens 5; style 1; stigmas capitate, bilobed; fruit a membranous, indehiscent utricle; seeds 1 mm long, brown, shiny.


Notes: Dry soils, sandy, rocky, or disturbed areas. A highly variable species sometimes divided into several varieties. (lanuginosus: woolly)