Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Botany picture #107: Chthonocephalus pseudevax
Another botany picture from the recent field trip, and another oddball. Just like the Isoetopsis, this one is a tiny ephemeral herb of the daisy family (Asteraceae), and its name is even more bizarre: Chthonocephalus pseudevax. I have yet to meet an Australian botanist who is sure how it should be pronounced in English. What it means is "heads on the ground that look kind of like the genus Evax but aren't". The genus Chthonocephalus has several more species but sadly I have seen only one of them so far, and that one looked very different.