Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of plants of the order Compositæ and the tribe Senecionideæ, type of subtribe Othonneæ, and known by its sterile disk-flowers and copious pappus. There are about 80 species, natives of South Africa. They are smooth shrubs or herbs, with small heads of yellow flowers and alternate or radical leaves, either undivided or dissected, and often fleshy. Their similarity to Senecio gives them the name of (African) ragwort. One of the few deserving culture is O. crassifolia, a trailing herb with fieshy leaves and bright-yellow flowers, suitable for baskets, rustic work, etc.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A South African plant of the genus Othonna having smooth often fleshy leaves and heads of yellow flowers.
- n. a South African plant of the genus Othonna having smooth often fleshy leaves and heads of yellow flowers
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