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Helyohryson, (from the sun, and gold; from their shining yellow appearance). Goldylockx. It is a small, shrubby, downy plant, clothed with long very narrow leaves, producing on the tops of the branches several small round heads of bright yellow scaly flowers; a native of the southern parts of Prance; flowers in May and June,and holds its leaves all the winter.
Elichrysum, coma aurea, called also linaria aurea, linosyris, virga aurea, conyza, gnaphalium luteum, and German goldylocks, gnaphalium staechas Lin. Sp. Pi. 1193. It is cultivated in gardens, and flowers in May. The flowers are said to be diuretic.
Elichrysum, called also chrysocome, coma aurea, golden maiden hair, golden stoechas, golden or yellow casidony, goldylocks, chrysocoma comaaurea Lin. Sp. Pi. 1177.
The flowers, naturally dry and firm, retain their figure and glossy yellow colour for years. Both the flowers and leaves, if rubbed a-little, smell strongly, and have the flavour of musk; but to the taste are warm, pungent, bitterish, and astringent. Water and rectified spirit take up their flavour in distillation and infusion. It is not much-used in medicine, although it has been esteemed as astringent and tonic. See Lewis's Materia Medica, or Neumann's Chemical Works.
Elichrysum montanum. See Gnaphalium mon-tanum; g. dioicum Lin. Sp. Pi. 1199.