|Scientific name:||Gnaphalium sylvaticum L.|
|Synonym name:||Omalotheca sylvaticum (L.) Sch. Bip. & F. W. Schultz|
|English name:||Wood cudweed, Heath Cudweed|
|Plant Family:||Asteraceae / Compositae, Korgblommiga växter|
|Life form:||Perennial herb|
|Stems:||Solitary; upright, not branched, tomentose|
|Leaves:||Alternate, basal leaves elongate, green on top, white-felted beneath. Upper leaves stalkless, linear. Leaves with one vein, rarely also with two unclear lateral veins, dull green and sparsely hairy above, densely white-downy beneath.|
|Flowers:||Pale brown tubular florets grouped together into small flower-like heads (capitula), 5–7 mm long. Outer florets pistillate, the few disc-florets bisexual. Corolla of 5 fused petals. Calyx modified into a ring of hairs (a pappus). Stamens 5, anthers united into a tube around the style. Pistil of 2 fused carpels, style solitary, stigma 2-lobed. Capitulum subtended by involucral bracts which are glossy and have a brownish, rarely dark brown tip, inner equalling the florets. Capitula borne in a spike, the whole inflorescence usu. longer than a third of the stem.|
|Flowering Period:||July, August|
|Fruits:||Achene 1-5mm, hispid; pappus reddish|
|Habitat:||Forest,thicket, heath, coast, farmland, settlements|
Derivation of the botanical name:
Gnaphalium from Greek gnaphalon, "a lock of wool," describing these plants as floccose-wooly.
sylvaticum, sylvan, "of or growing in woods".