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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Asteroideae
Tribe: Gnaphalieae
Genus: Bryomorphe
Species: B. aretioides
Binomial name
Bryomorphe aretioides
(Turcz.) Druce

Bryomorphe zeyheri

Bryomorphe is a monotypic genus[1] of flowering plants in the daisy family, Asteraceae, containing the single species Bryomorphe aretioides. It is endemic to South Africa, where it grows in sandstone fynbos in the Western Cape.[2]

This is a compact, tufted plant that superficially resembles a patch of moss. It forms a mound just a few centimeters tall. The branches are covered in small, linear leaves. The flower heads each contain 6 or 7 white ray florets and 7 to 9 red disc florets. The fruit has a plumelike white pappus.[1]

The species grows in exposed, rocky habitat, anchoring in thin soil accumulated in rock crevices. It tolerates cold temperatures, dry conditions, wind, and snow.[1]

The plant is widespread in its range and not declining.[2]

Another species name, Bryomorphe lycopodioides, is a synonym for Dolichothrix ericoides.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Koekemoer , M. Bryomorphe aretioides. South African National Biodiversity Institute. 2004.
  2. ^ a b Bryomorphe aretioides. Red List of South African Plants. South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).
  3. ^ Bryomorphe lycopodioides. The Plant List.