1. Family: Asteraceae Bercht. & J.Presl
    1. Genus: Helichrysum Mill.
      1. Helichrysum mechowianum Klatt

        This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Central & S. Tropical Africa.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Perennial herb; rootstock woody, horizontal, crowned by woolly fibres; flowering stems and capitula developing before leaves, but persisting; erect flowering stems solitary or several, 3–50 cm high, simple or rarely branched once proximally, whitish-tomentose.
    Leaves
    Radical leaves grey-green, (ob-)lanceolate, with a pseudopetiole 3–10 cm long, blade to 35 cm long and 11 cm wide, base cuneate, apex acute or apiculate, greyish-tomentellous on both surfaces, or glabrous and glandular; cauline leaves few, linear or narrowly lanceolate, sessile, 1–3 cm long, 0.2–0.8 cm wide, base auriculate, apex apiculate, villous to subglabrous above, tomentose beneath, or glabrous.
    Capitulum
    Capitula 5–10 mm long, homogamous, in dense glomerules united in a fairly dense terminal (sub-)globose corymb 2.5–9 cm in diameter; stalks of individual capitula 2–9 mm long; phyllaries brown to golden-yellow, sometimes with reddish tinge, 3–4-seriate, the outermost smallest, lanceolate, 2–8 mm long, the outer parts scarious, apex acute or acuminate, villous proximally (in outer); receptacle honeycombed.
    Florets
    Florets yellow, 6–30, all hermaphrodite, tube cylindrical becoming campanulate, tube 3–5 mm long, lobes 0.5–0.7 mm long, glandular-puberulous, anthers 1.6–2 mm long, style 4.6–6.6 mm long.
    Fruits
    Achenes ellipsoid, 0.8–2 mm long, pubescent-glandular; pappus white or yellowish, 3.5–7 mm long, caducous in large groups.
    [FWTA]

    Compositae, C. D. Adams. Flora of West Tropical Africa 2. 1963

    Habit
    A perennial herb with flowering scapes often branched at or below ground level, 3-8 in high, appearing before the leaves
    Leaves
    Leaves in a rosette
    Inflorescences
    Flower-heads about 1/3 in. long, numerous in a dense terminal cyme, rich yellow, often tinged red
    Ecology
    In grassland, flowering after fires.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Cameroon, Congo, Malawi, Nigeria, Togo, Zambia, Zaïre

    Helichrysum mechowianum Klatt appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Dec 1, 2000 Brunt, M.A. [25], Cameroon K000052191
    Bauer, P.J. [5], Cameroon K000052192
    Baum, H. [226], Angola K000274620 isotype

    First published in Ann. Naturhist. Hofmus. 7: 101 (1892)

    Accepted by

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

    Literature

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    • in Ann. Nat. Hofmus. Wien 7: 101 (1892).
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Beentje in Kew Bulletin 55: 359 (2000).
    • Lisowski in Flore d'Afrique Centrale Compositae, Inuleae: 118, t. 22/f-m (1989).
    • C.D. Adams in Flora of West Tropical Africa ed. 2, 2: 266 (1963).
    • Moeser in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 44: 273 (1910).
    • Klatt in Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien 7: 101 (1892).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    Flora of West Tropical Africa
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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