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Gnaphalium obtusifolium Linn.
Gnaphalium: derived from Greek gnaphalon, "a lock of wool," describing these plants as floccose-wooly
obtusifolium: from Latin obtus meaning "dull or blunt," and folium meaning "leaf;" referring to rounded leaf tips
English: Everlasting; French: Immortelle; German: Immerschon.
Plantae; Spermatophyta, Angiospermae - Flowering Plants; Dicotyledonae; Asteridae / Synandrae; Asterales; Compositae / Asteraceae - Composites / Daisy or Sunflower Family
Introduced and proved by Banks, N. Am. J. of Hom. 7, 383 in (1858); Allen: Encyclop. Mat. Med. IV, 456; Hering: Guiding Symptoms, V. 433.
Description of the substance
Stems - To 1m tall, arachnoid pubescent, typically single and simple from the base but branching near apex, erect, herbaceous, terete.
Leaves - Alternate, linear to linear-oblong or linear lanceolate, to +/- 7cm long, entire, many per stem, abaxial surface typically with dense arachnoid pubescence, adaxial surface dark green and somewhat shiny. Lower leaves typically dried at anthesis. Corollas yellow, flowering July to August. Leaves have a pleasant aromatic smell and an aromatic, slightly bitter, astringent, agreeable taste.
Inflorescence - Branching corymbose arrangement at top of stems, generally rounded or dome shaped with age.
Involucre - To +/-6mm tall (long). Phyllaries scarious-white, imbricate, appressed, arachnoid pubescent.
This is an easy species to identify. The arachnoid pubescent stems and white involucres are characteristic. The plant can be found throughout Missouri.