Himalayan edelweiss (Leontopodium ochroleucum)

Dmitry Poltavsky - Leontopodium ochroleucum

Dmitry Poltavsky - Leontopodium ochroleucum

Leontopodium is a genus of plants in the Asteraceae family (which also includes daisies and sunflowers). The genus is native to Europe and Asia. The fuzzy and somewhat stocky petals (technically, bracts) could be thought of as somewhat resembling lions' paws - hence the genus name combining Leon (lion) and Podion (foot). Leontopodium ochroleucum is an Asian species, was described by Gustave Beauverd. Similar to the other species but with somewhat broader petals and leaves. The flowers overall resemble the typical edelweiss flower, blooming over an extended period in summer.