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Gnaphalium sandwicensium
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Asteroideae
Tribe: Gnaphalieae
Genus: Gnaphalium

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Gnaphalium is a genus of flowering plants in the daisy family, Asteraceae. It contains about 120 species, which are commonly called cudweeds. They are mostly found in temperate regions, although some are found on tropical mountains or in the subtropical regions of the world.

Cudweeds are important foodplants for American Painted Lady caterpillars.

Selected species[edit]

Formerly placed here[edit]

Secondary metabolites[edit]

Gnaphalium species are known to contain flavonoids and diterpenes. Recently, two unique caffeoyl-D-glucaric acid derivatives, leontopodic acid and leontopodic acid B formerly only known from Leontopodium alpinum (L.) Cass. were detected in various species of Gnaphalium together with similar formerly unknown compounds.[2]


  1. ^ Rose, Francis (1981). The Wild Flower Key. Frederick Warne & Co. pp. 377–380. ISBN 0-7232-2419-6. 
  2. ^ Cicek, S; Untersulzner, C; Schwaiger, S; Zidorn, C (July 2012). "Caffeoyl-D-glucaric acid derivatives in the genus Gnaphalium (Asteraceae: Gnaphalieae)" (Free full text). Records of Natural Products (Gebze-Kocaeli , Türkiye) 6 (3): 311–315. ISSN 1307-6167. 

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