1. Family: Asteraceae Bercht. & J.Presl
    1. Genus: Helichrysum Mill.
      1. Helichrysum chionoides Philipson

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya to Tanzania.

    [FTEA]

    Compositae, H. Beentje, C. Jeffrey & D.J.N. Hind. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2005

    Habit
    Shrub, 0.7–2.4 m high, sparsely branched; stem black, to 4 cm in diameter, branches very rigid, with marcescent leaves.
    Leaves
    Leaves sessile, linear to narrowly elliptic, 1–3.3 cm long, 2–4 mm wide, base slightly tapered, margins revolute, apex acute and mucronate, thin-pubescent above (densely so on midrib), yellow-tomentose beneath.
    Capitulum
    Capitula 10–18 mm long, heterogamous, terminal in dense corymbs; stalks of individual capitula 2–25 mm long; phyllaries shiny white, lanceolate, 4–15 mm long, acute, glabrous; receptacle convex, honeycombed, with small protuberances around the edges of the cells.
    Florets
    Florets (colour?); outer florets very few, tube narrowly cylindrical, 2 mm long, lobes 0.3 mm long, style 2.4–2.5 mm long; inner florets many (several score), tube narrowly infundibuliform, 2.3–3.2 mm long, lobes 0.4–0.6 mm long, anthers 1.2–1.4 mm long, style 2.7–4 mm long.
    Fruits
    Achenes ellipsoid, 0.9–1.1 mm long, glabrous; pappus white, 4–5 mm long, the bristles falling individually.
    Habitat
    Moorlands and upper bamboo zone, often sub-dominant near streams or on rocky slopes; 2800–3850 m
    Distribution
    K3 K4 T2 endemic to the Nyandarua/Aberdares, Mt Kenya and Mt Loolmalassin

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Tanzania

    Helichrysum chionoides Philipson appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1996 Bernardi, L. [9114], Kenya K000311823
    Jan 1, 1996 Newbould, J.B. [EAH13558], Tanzania K000311826
    Jul 1, 1953 Salt, G. [77], Kenya K000311820
    Apr 1, 1953 Fries, R.E. [1405], Kenya K000311824
    Apr 1, 1953 Fries, R.E. [1307], Kenya K000311825
    Apr 1, 1953 Rammell, J.C. [3068], Kenya K000311819
    Jan 1, 1953 Bally, J. [B171], Kenya K000311815
    Jan 1, 1953 Williams, J.G. [s.n.in], Kenya K000311816
    Jan 1, 1953 Hedberg, O. [1889], Kenya K000311822
    Jan 1, 1953 Fries, R.E. [2450], Kenya K000311633 isotype
    Jan 1, 1953 Fries, R.E. [1292], Kenya K000311632 Unknown type material
    Hedberg, O. [4435], Kenya K000311821
    Coe, M. [739], Kenya K000311812
    Coe, M. [762], Kenya K000311813
    D'Arcy, W.G. [7359], Kenya K000311814
    Knox, E.B. [3990], Kenya K000311817
    Knox, E.B. [3806], Kenya K000311818

    First published in J. Bot. 75: 316 (1937)

    Accepted by

    • Roskov Y. & al. (eds.) (2018). Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Agnew, A.D.Q. & Agnew, S., Upland Kenya Wild Flowers, ed. 2: 212 (1994).
    • Beentje, Kenya Trees, Shrubs and Lianas p. 557 (1994).
    • O. Hedberg, Afroalpine Vascular Plants p. 209, 344 (1957).
    • Philipson in Journal of Botany 75: 316 (1937).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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