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Leptinella rotundifolia

Kingdom: Plantae
(Unranked): Angiosperms
(Unranked): Eudicots
(Unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Anthemideae
Genus: Leptinella (was Cotula see text below)
Species: L. rotundifolia
Scientific name: Leptinella rotundifolia

Leptinella rotundifolia is a tight interesting mat forming plant with small rounded leaves reaching a mature height of 5cm x width 1m.   Sold in nurseries.

For over 100 years, Leptinella species were considered part of the genus Cotula, but the genus Leptinella was reinstated by Lloyd & Webb in 1987. They determined that all species of Leptinella are distinguished from those of the other two sections of Cotula, and other anthemideae, by the conspicuous "inflated" corollas of the female florets and by chromosome numbers based on x = 26 where known.