Thursday, September 14, 2017
Botany picture #253: Coronidium waddelliae
Coronidium waddelliae (Asteraceae), Blue Mountains, 2016. This is very pretty perennial everlasting paper daisy that likes a bit of elevation. It can, for example, also be found in the lower parts of the Australian Alps.
Although only created in 2008 as part of the dismantling of the formerly polyphyletic Helichrysum, the genus Coronidium is unfortunately polyphyletic itself; the species that can be seen in an earlier post is a representative of the group that makes it so. What is more, even if that group were kicked out, the rest (to which C. waddelliae belongs) would still be paraphyletic to the well known golden everlasting genus Xerochrysum.
We are working on it.