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June

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This month's genus:


Leontopodium


Subclass: Dicotyledoneae
Superorder: Asteridae
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Asteroideae
Tribe: Inuleae
Number of Species: At least 4
Root: From the Greek "leont", meaning lion, and "podium", meaning support or foot ("Lion's Foot").

The genus Leontopodium is best known for L. alpinum, more commonly known by the name Edelweiss. This species is found in the mountainous regions of Europe, though it is becoming increasing rare.

Here are a few links to images and descriptions of different Leontopodium species:


References:

  1. Heywood, V.H., ed. Flowering Plants of the World. New York, Oxford University Press: 1993.

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