Solenogyne bellioides

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Solenogyne bellioidesFamily: Asteraceae
Genus: Solenogyne
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I found this fascinating little perennial herb growing in the open area beside Fort Road. It grows to a height of about 18 cm with fleshy roots and a short rhizome. The three photos below show the bud just opening, the fully open flower and the seed head. It tolerates partial shade or full sun and its growth is encouraged by mowing/slashing which removes the competition of the taller grasses. (December 2007)