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Longfol edelweiss (Anaphalis longifolia)

Longfol edelweiss (Anaphalis longifolia) is a plant species in Asteraceae, everlasting shrub, upright, woody and branched, up to 10 meters high and 1 meter in diameter, 20 cm in height every 13 years, ribbon-shaped leaves and longer than other species in the genus and grows in the tropics at an altitude of 800-1600 m.

A. longifolia has a single root with fibers forming branches. Cylindrical stems, upright, at each point grow many branches in a circle in all directions, branches up. The bark is thin, rough, brownish green and is easy to peel off.

Dlium Longfol edelweis (Anaphalis longifolia)


Ribbon-shaped single leaf, 12-20 cm long, 0.5-1.0 cm wide, drooping or divergent growth pattern, thin, hairy and white waxy, spreading out or facing, having a midrib, a linear walking bone, thickened edge, the upper surface is green and the lower surface is whitish.

The flowers grow at the tip of the stem in a capitulum with many florets, sitting together surrounded by involucrum, each consisting of 5-6 flower heads, yellow, 5 mm wide, surrounded by young leaves that form stars. Flower stalk has a length of 3-40 cm. Flowers last forever and can last more than 100 years.

Longfol edelweis grows with 1500-2500 mm/year rainfall on the slopes of young volcanic soil that is nutrient poor and disturbed by fires. This plant is symbiotic with mycorrhizal fungi that allow the roots to expand the zones of water and nutrient uptake.



Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Subphylum: Angiospermae
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Asteroideae
Tribe: Gnaphalieae
Genus: Anaphalis
Species: Anaphalis longifolia

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