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Genus: Lasiopogon

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid II > Family: Asteraceae > Tribe: Gnaphalieae

Seven of the eight species are endemic to southern Africa. The eighth species is Lasiopogon muscoides, which has a disjunct distribution in southern Africa and in a region from Spain and North Africa to Pakistan and northwestern India.   

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa - an online checklist (SANBI). Information about each species from Hilliard (1983).

Lasiopogon brachypterus

Small annual herb up to 5 cm high. Occurs in mountains of the Western Cape and Northern Cape. Grows in damp, sandy locations, along streams, or in moss cushions on cliff ledges and rocks. Flowering recorded from September to December.


Lasiopogon debilis

Annual herbs, forming small mats up to 15 cm in diameter. Recorded from the Northern Cape and Western Cape, its distribution extending from Vanrhynsdorp to Ceres. Grows in silty and sandy locations. Recorded flowering from July to October.


Lasiopogon glomerulatus

Small, annual herb, with branches up to 8 cm long. Found mainly in semi-desert regions of southern Africa, south of 27šS. Also recorded from northwestern Zambia suggesting that its distribution might well extend through Botswana. Also recorded from Madgascar where it occurs on sandy banks and coastal dunes.


Lasiopogon micropoides

Annual herb forming small, woolly mats up to 15 cm in diameter. Most of the records are from Namaqualand in the Northern Cape, extending from near Vanrhynsdorp north to the Gariep River. However, there is also a record from central Namibia, suggesting the distribution extends inbetween. Found mainly in open sandy places such as along water courses. Recorded in flower in June and September.


Lasiopogon minutus

Small, annual herb recorded up to 4 cm tall. Recorded only once from an area of quartzite near Koekenaap in the northern part of the Western Cape.


Lasiopogon muscoides

Annual herb forming small, woolly mats up to 15 cm in diameter. Has a puzzlingly disjunct distribution with one population from Spain and North Africa through to Pakistan and northwestern India, and a second population in southern Africa where it is found mainly in semi-desert regions of South Africa, Namibia and Botswana, south of 23šS. Found mainly in bare, sandy or gravelly locations along watercourses, edges of pans, in old fields and along railway lines.


Lasiopogon ponticulus

Annual herb forming small, woolly mats. Recorded from southwestern Namibia and the Richtersveld in the Northern Cape. Grows in sandy soils. Flowering has been recorded from July to November.


Lasiopogon volkii

Annual herb forming small, woolly mats up to 10 cm in diameter. Recorded from southern Namibia, where it is found on flats and hills. Flowering recorded from February to September.



  • Hilliard, O.M. 1983. Asteraceae (Compositae), Tribe Inuleae subtribe Gnaphalinae (first part). Flora of southern Africa 33,7,2: 1-325.


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