Anaphalis

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Pearly everlasting
Anapahlis margaritacea.jpg
Anaphalis margaritacea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Gnaphalieae
Genus: Anaphalis
DC. (1838)
Type species
Anaphalis nubigena DC.

Source: ING[1]

Anaphalis is a genus of flowering plants within the Asteraceae family, whose members are commonly known by the name pearl or pearly everlasting. There are around 110 species with the vast majority being native to central and southern Asia.[2] There is one species native to North America that is fairly well known and popular in cultivation, namely the western pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea).

The name probably derives from the common practice of drying the flowers and stems for decorations through winter months. This plant was used extensively by Native Americans for a variety of medicinal purposes.

Two of the species, A. javanica and A. longifolia can be found on the mountain af the Java island in Indonesia. A. javanica, also known as the Javanese Edelweiss, is currently an endangered species.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anaphalis". Index Nominum Genericorum. International Association for Plant Taxonomy. 2006-02-20. Archived from the original on 29 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-21. 
  2. ^ Nesom, Guy L. (2006). "Anaphalis". In Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. 1993+. Flora of North America 19. New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 426. 

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