SPECIES DESCRIPTION
HELICHRYSUM LUTEOALBUM

Family:- COMPOSITAE

Common Names:- Jersey cudweed

Synonyms:- Laphangium luteoalbum, Gnaphalium luteo-album

Meaning:- Helichrysum (Gr) Golden-sun.
                  Luteoalbum (L) Yellow with white
                                         
General description:- Softly grey- or white-tomentose, annual.

Stems:-
1) 8-40(-50) cm, erect or ascending, simple or branched.

Leaves:-
1) Cauline, (1-)2-5(-7) cm, oblong to linear, not decurrent, white-tomentose on both 
    surfaces.
2) Lower, obtuse.

Flowers:-
1) Corymb, small, dense.
2) Capitula, stemless sessile, ovoid, in semiglobose clusters of 4-12.
3) Involucral bracts, yellowish, glabrous, obtuse.
   a) outer broadly ovate.
   b) inner oblong.
4) Florets, c. 3 mm, yellowish, reddish above, the hermaphrodite 4-7(-10).

Fruit:-
1) Achenes 05 mm, tuberculate, brownish, glabrous or hairy.
2) Pappus 2-2.5 mm, deciduous.

Key features:-
1) Leaves not decurrent, white-tomentose on both surfaces, not asperous above.
2) Stem 8-40 cm.

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Habitat:- Damp, sandy coastal flats, by streams, ditches and ruderal habitats. 0-
900 m.

Distribution:- Fairly rare on Crete, currently known from a few locations in the
Lefka Ori and one in Psiloritis.

Flowering time:- Mid-Apr to July, occasionally later.

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