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Santolina chamaecyparissus

Santolina chamaecyparissus L.


Lavender Cotton

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderAsteralesFlowering plants with a central disk flower and surrounding petals, like daisies
FamilyAsteraceaeThe aster family, which also includes daisies and sunflowers; from the Greek ἀστήρ, “star,” for the star-shaped flowers
GenusSantolinaThe genus called lavender cotton, from the Latin sanctum linum, “holy flax”
SpecieschamaecyparissusFrom the Greek chamae, “dwarf, low-growing, or growing on the ground” and kyparissos, “cypress,” meaning “dwarf or ground cypress.” Herbalist John Dunne-Brady adds that the genus Chamaecyparis was named “by the French botanist Edouard Spach (1801-1879) and published in 1841 in the eleventh volume of Historie Naturelle des Vegetaux Phanerogames.” He states further that this is “an inaccurate and inappropriate description because all species are erect and some grow as high as 120 feet”

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Santolina chamaecyparissus description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 12 Oct 2018.

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Santolina chamaecyparissus (Lavender Cotton)

4/6/2011 · Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, Baltimore, MD
≈ 12 × 11" (29 × 27 cm)


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