Azorella: Azorella patagonica
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There seems to be confusion between this species, Azorella patagonica and Azorella filamentosa, both in the nursery trade and by growers. The image shown by John and that featured in the on-line encyclopaedia is A. filamentosa, which forms a small cushion (about 10-15cm across). Its leaves have incurved margins and the upper surface is blue-green, usually with a few filamentous hairs on the upper surface, though the number of hairs on leaves can vary between plants. Flowers are white to cream and are small (petals about 0.8mm long). A. patagonica is a much more robust species forming low cushions to 50cm or more across. Leaves do not have incurved margins and are mid- to dark green, sometimes with small filamentous hairs on the upper surface. Flowers are always yellow and are larger (petals 1.25 - 1.5mm) than those of A. filamentosa