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Alpen Edelweiß, Leontopodium alpinum 2.JPG
Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Gnaphalieae[1]
Genus: Leontopodium
L. shinanense

Leontopodium is a genus of plants in the daisy family, which includes edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum[2][3]), a well-known plant from the mountains of Europe. The term edelweiss can, more rarely, refer to other members of the genus.[4] The genus contains about 30 species, native to Europe and Asia (and perhaps the Americas).[5][6] The fuzzy and somewhat stocky "petals" (technically, bracts) could be thought of as somewhat resembling lions' paws —hence the genus name combining léōn (lion) and pódion (foot).[7]



  1. ^ Randall J. Bayer, Christopher F. Puttock, and Scot A. Kelchner (2000). "Phylogeny of South African Gnaphalieae (Asteraceae) based on two noncoding chloroplast sequences". American Journal of Botany (Botanical Society of America) 87 (2): 259–272. doi:10.2307/2656914. JSTOR 2656914. PMID 10675314. 
  2. ^ "edelweiss". The Free Dictionary by farlex. 
  3. ^ "edelweiss". Encyclopædia Britannica online. 
  4. ^ Iza Goroff (July 2004). "Plant of the Month: Leontopodium souliei". 
  5. ^ "Leontopodium". Digital Flora of Taiwan. 
  6. ^ "Leontopodium". Flora of Pakistan. 
  7. ^ λέων, πόδιον, πούς. Liddell, Henry George; Scott, Robert; A Greek–English Lexicon at the Perseus Project