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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Campanulids
Ordo: Asterales

Familia: Asteraceae
Subfamilia: Asteroideae
Tribus: Gnaphalieae
Genus: Leontopodium
Species: L. andersonii – L. artemisiifolium – L. aurantiacum – L. blagoveshczenskyi – L. brachyactis – L. caespitosum – L. calocephalum – L. campestre – L. charkeviczii – L. conglobatum – L. coreanum – L. dedekensii – L. delavayanum – L. discolor – L. fangingense – L. fauriei – L. forrestianum – L. franchetii – L. giraldii – L. haastioides – L. haplophylloides – L. hayachinense – L. himalayanum – L. jacotianum – L. japonicum – L. junpeianum – L. kamtschaticum – L. kurilense – L. leontopodioides – L. lingianum – L. makianum – L. microphyllum – L. monocephalum – L. montisganeshii – L. muscoides – L. nanum – L. nivale – L. ochroleucum – L. omeiense – L. palibinianum – L. paradoxum – L. pusillum – L. roseum – L. seorakensis – L. schlothauerae – L. shinanense – L. sinense – L. smithianum – L. souliei – L. stoloniferum – L. stracheyi – L. suffruticosum – L. villosum – L. wilsonii
Source(s) of checklist:

Hassler, M. 2018. Leontopodium. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2018. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 Mar. 29. Reference page.

Name

Leontopodium R.Br. ex Cass., Bull. Sci. Soc. Philom. Paris 1819: 144. (1819)

Type species: Leontopodium alpinum Cass., Dict. Sci. Nat., ed. 2. [F. Cuvier] 25: 474. (1822)

Synonyms

Heterotypic
Sinoleontopodium Y.L.Chen, Acta Phytotax. Sin. 23(6): 457 (1985)

References

Brown. R. 1819. Bulletin des Sciences, par la Société Philomatique 1819: 144.
Hassler, M. 2018. Leontopodium. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2018. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 January 19. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2018. Leontopodium. Published online. Accessed: January 19 2018.
Tropicos.org 2018. Leontopodium. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 January 19.

Vernacular names
dansk: Edelweiss
Deutsch: Edelweiß
English: Edelweiss
Esperanto: Edelvejso
español: Edelweiss
eesti: Jänesekäpp
suomi: Alppitähdet
français: Edelweiss
furlan: Stelutis alpinis
日本語: ウスユキソウ属
한국어: 솜다리속
русский: Эдельвейс
українська: Білотка
vèneto: Stelalpina
中文: 火绒草属; 火絨草屬

Leontopodium is a genus of plants in the family Asteraceae (which also includes daisies and sunflowers). The genus is native to Europe and Asia.[1][2] The fuzzy and somewhat stocky "petals" (technically, bracts) could be thought of as somewhat resembling lions' paws—hence the genus name combining léōn (lion) and pódion (foot).[3][4][5]

The genus includes the edelweiss (L. nivale[6][7]), a well-known plant from the mountains of Europe. The term edelweiss can, more rarely, refer to other members of the genus.[8]
Taxonomy

The following species are currently recognized:[9]

Leontopodium albogriseum
Leontopodium andersonii
Leontopodium antennarioides
Leontopodium artemisiifolium
Leontopodium aurantiacum
Leontopodium beerianum
Leontopodium blagoveshczenskyi
Leontopodium brachyactis
Leontopodium calocephalum
Leontopodium campestre
Leontopodium chuii
Leontopodium conglobatum
Leontopodium coreanum
Leontopodium dedekensii
Leontopodium delavayanum
Leontopodium discolor
Leontopodium fangingense
Leontopodium fauriei
Leontopodium forrestianum
Leontopodium franchetii
Leontopodium giraldii
Leontopodium gracile
Leontopodium haastioides
Leontopodium haplophylloides
Leontopodium hayachinense
Leontopodium himalayanum
Leontopodium jacotianum
Leontopodium japonicum
Leontopodium kamtschaticum
Leontopodium kurilense
Leontopodium leiolepis
Leontopodium leontopodinum
Leontopodium longifolium
Leontopodium melanolepis
Leontopodium meredithae
Leontopodium micranthum
Leontopodium microphyllum
Leontopodium monocephalum
Leontopodium muscoides
Leontopodium nanum
Leontopodium nivale
Leontopodium niveum
Leontopodium ochroleucum
Leontopodium omeiense
Leontopodium palibinianum
Leontopodium pusillum
Leontopodium roseum
Leontopodium rosmarinoides
Leontopodium shinanense
Leontopodium sinense
Leontopodium smithianum
Leontopodium souliei
Leontopodium stellatum
Leontopodium stoechas
Leontopodium stoloniferum
Leontopodium stracheyi
Leontopodium subulatum
Leontopodium villosulum
Leontopodium villosum
Leontopodium wilsonii

In popular culture

Leontopodium nivale, the edelweiss, has been regarded as a national symbol of Austria, worn as a cap emblem by Austrian troops and displayed on Austrian coins.[10] A song about the plant, written by Oscar Hammerstein, was featured in the musical production The Sound of Music.[11]
References

"Leontopodium". Digital Flora of Taiwan.
"Leontopodium". Flora of Pakistan.
λέων, πόδιον, πούς. Liddell, Henry George; Scott, Robert; A Greek–English Lexicon at the Perseus Project
Flora of China Vol. 20-21 Page 778 火绒草属 huo rong cao shu Leontopodium R. Brown ex Cassini, Bull. Sci. Soc. Philom. Paris. 1819: 144. 1819.
Altervista Flora Italiana, genere Leontopodium includes photos and range maps
"edelweiss". The Free Dictionary by farlex.
"edelweiss". Encyclopædia Britannica online.
Iza Goroff (July 2004). "Plant of the Month: Leontopodium souliei". Archived from the original on 2008-09-05. Retrieved 2008-06-10.
Flann, C (ed) 2009+ Global Compositae Checklist search for Leontopodium Archived 2014-11-06 at archive.today
Meriam, Ray (1999). Gebirgsjaeger: Germany's Mountain Troops. World War II Arsenal. 3. Merriam Press. p. 44. ISBN 1576381633.
Edelweiss in "The Sound of Music"

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