Friday, February 6, 2015

Botany picture #192: Craspedia leucantha

Today we can celebrate the successful completion of our ten week summer student projects and of the various events that we had this week, in particular the summer student symposium on Thursday. It seems fitting to post a botany picture of the genus that the project I supervised was about: Craspedia, in this case C. leucantha (Asteraceae).

This particular species is endemic to Kosciuszko National Park in New South Wales. Although it flourishes in dense lumps in rocky seepages the alpine zone, it is extremely hard to maintain in cultivation. It is one of only two mainland Australian Craspedias with white flowers. Bizarrely, it was the only mainland species of Craspedia in the current, stricter sense that was described before 1992; all other species published before that year are Tasmanian or New Zealandese.

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