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Thursday, 28 February 2013

FFF67 - HELICHRYSUM

The genus Helichrysum consists of an estimated 600 species, in the sunflower family (Asteraceae). The type species is Helichrysum orientale. The name is derived from the Greek words helisso (to turn around) and chrysos (gold).It occurs in Africa (with 244 species in South Africa), Madagascar, Australasia and Eurasia. The plants may be annuals, herbaceous perennials or shrubs, growing to a height of 60–90 cm.

The genus was a wastebasket taxon, and many of its members have been reclassified in smaller genera, most notably the Everlastings, now in the genus Xerochrysum.Their leaves are oblong to lanceolate. They are flat and pubescent on both sides. The bristles of the pappus are scabrous, barbellate, or plumose.The receptacle (base of the flower head) is often smooth, with a fringed margin, or honey-combed, and resemble daisies. They may be in almost all colours, except blue.

There are many capitula and generally flat-topped corymbs or panicles. The corolla lobes show glandular hairs at the abaxial surface. Several species are grown as ornamental plants, and for dried flowers. When cut young and dried, the open flowers and stalks preserve their colour and shape for long periods.

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12 comments:

  1. Big WOW! This is just like being in a dream! Absolutely beautiful blooms!

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  2. I'm not familiar with this flower, but it's pretty!

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  3. I haven't seen this sunflower variety before, very pretty! :)

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  4. They are such fabulous flowers. I just adore the texture of these blooms.

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  5. So that is the name of this flowers... beautiful!!

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  6. Love your colored little flowers ♥
    Have a nice weekend,
    moni

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  7. Wonderful colorful flowers:)

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  8. I love the colours. They are beautiful dried too.

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  9. posted this, comes from Oz, we call the straw flowers.

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