Puneet Varma

Helichrysum melitense

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Kingdom  Plantae
Family  Asteraceae
Scientific name  Helichrysum melitense
Order  Asterales
Genus  Helichrysum
Rank  Species
Helichrysum melitense Wild Plants of Malta amp Gozo Plant Helichrysum melitense Maltese
Similar  Hyoseris frutescens, Cheirolophus crassifolius, Helichrysum rupestre, Helichrysum leucopsideum

Helichrysum melitense, the Maltese everlasting, is a species of flowering plant in the Asteraceae family and is endemic to Malta,specifically on the island of Gozo. It can be found in Dwejra, and in cliffs in Gozo near Fungus Rock. Its natural habitats are Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation on Coastal garigue and vertical sheer cliffs. Recently, it was recorded in new locations on the island of Gozo. This species is on the decline in the wild, and it is threatened by habitat loss. Fortunately, it is very easy to cultivate, and it is gaining ornamental popularity amongst the locals.

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Description

Helichrysum melitense Wild Plants of Malta amp Gozo Plant Helichrysum melitense Maltese

This is a low shrub, ranging from 30–70 cm in height; has small lanceolate leaves that are erect; and the flower heads only contain yellow tubular florets. The flowers smell like curry, and when flowers are kept dry indoors, they can last for many years with their original colours, hence the name 'Everlasting'. The leaves have many tiny silvery hairs on their surface, and when wet they look green,but when dry they look silvery. The hairs protect the plant for the heavy winds and summer drought from drying up.

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References

Helichrysum melitense Wikipedia


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