• WordNet 3.6
    • n Raoulia genus of low-growing mat-forming New Zealand plants; in some classifications includes species placed in genus Haastia
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n raoulia A genus of composite plants of the tribe Inuloideæ and subtribe Gnaphalieæ. It is characterized by the solitary, sessile, and terminal heads of many flowers, which are mostly perfect and fertile, the outer circles of pistillate flowers being only one or two, or less than in the related genus Gnaphalium (the everlasting), but more than in the other next-allied genus, Helichrysum. All the flowers bear a bifid style and a pappus which is not plumose. The 14 species are mostly natives of New Zealand, and are small densely tufted plants of rocky mountainous places, resembling mosses, with numerous branches thickly clothed with minute leaves. They bear white starry flower-heads, one at the end of each short twig, closely surrounded with leaves, and in R. grandiflora and others ornamented by an involucre with white bracts. R. eximia and R. mammillaris are known in New Zealand as sheep-plants, from their growth in sheep-pastures in large white woolly tufts, readily mistaken for sheep even at a short distance.
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