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This species is accepted, and its native range is Zimbabwe to S. Africa.

[FTEA]

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

Habit
Perennial herb 0.3–0.6 m high, stoloniferous, the stems solitary or few, simple or branching, densely leafy; stems pubescent.
Leaves
Leaves greyish, sometimes rosette leaves present (these obovate, to 5 cm long and to 2 cm wide, but not seen in our area); cauline leaves sessile, linear, 1–3 cm long, 0.1–0.3(–0.5) cm wide, margins revolute, apex acute and mucronate, grey-pubescent and glabrescent above (or rarely scabrid), tomentose beneath.
Capitulum
Capitula 16–22 mm long, heterogamous, terminal and solitary, but sometimes stems branching and distal part forming an inflorescence; stalks of individual capitula 0–3 mm long; phyllaries yellow, the outermost shiny and varying from brown-tinged lemon yellow to greenish yellow, multiseriate, 4–17 mm long, acute, stereome hairy or glandular; receptacle honeycombed.
Florets
Florets yellow to orange; outer ones few (10–40), tube narrowly cylindric, 4.2–4.4 mm long, lobes ± 0.3 mm long, style 5–5.2 mm long; inner ones many, tube cylindric, 4.1–4.9 mm long, lobes 0.3–0.5 mm long, glandular, anthers 2.1 mm long, style 4.6–4.8 mm long.
Fruits
Achenes ellipsoid, 1–1.5 mm long, glabrous; pappus yellowish, 4.5–5 mm long, tips subplumose.
Habitat
Montane grassland; 1600–2800 m
Distribution
T6 T7

Native to:

Cape Provinces, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Northern Provinces, Zimbabwe

Helichrysum herbaceum (Andrews) Sweet appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Whyte, A. [s.n.], Malawi K000274642 Unknown type material
Whyte, A. [s.n.], Malawi K000274643 Unknown type material

First published in Hort. Brit.: 223 (1826)

Accepted by

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

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Lisowski in Flore d'Afrique Centrale Compositae, Inuleae: 181, t. 40/a-e (1989).
  • Hilliard, Flora of Southern Africa 33, 7 (2): 281 (1983).
  • P.J. Cribb & G.P. Leedal, Mountain Flow. S. Tanz.: 155, t. 42a (1982).
  • Hilliard & B.L. Burtt in Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh 32: 351 (1973).
  • Sweet, Hort. Brit.: 223 (1827).

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