1. Family: Asteraceae Bercht. & J.Presl
    1. Genus: Helichrysum Mill.
      1. Helichrysum nitens Oliv. & Hiern

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

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Perennial herb with rosette of large leaves and a solitary stem 0.2–0.8 m with smaller leaves.
    Leaves
    Leaves grey or whitish, sessile, those of rosette ovate to lanceolate, 4–15(–30) cm long, 0.7–3.5 cm wide, base broad and clasping, apex acute and mucronate, densely tomentose on both surfaces, the indument sometimes peeling to show the glandular leaf surface; cauline leaves similar but smaller and narrower, widely spaced on the stem.
    Capitulum
    Capitula 15–23 mm long, heterogamous, in lax terminal cymes; stalks of individual capitula 0–5(–20) mm long; phyllaries shiny yellow or (outermost) tinged bronze or brown, 5-seriate, ovate to lanceolate, 5–17 mm long, stereome with long hairs or glandular; receptacle honeycombed.
    Florets
    Florets yellow; outer florets few, tube narrowly cylindric, 3.7–3.9 mm long, lobes 0.2–0.3 mm long and glandular, style 4–4.3 mm long; inner florets many, tube cylindric, 3.8–4.7 mm long, lobes 0.3–0.5 mm long and glandular, anthers 2.1–2.2 mm long, style 4.1–4.9 mm long.
    Fruits
    Achenes cylindric, 0.9–1.3 mm long, glabrous; pappus whitish or pale yellow, 4–5.5 mm long, the apices widened, caducous in groups.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    Helichrysum nitens Oliv. & Hiern appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Bidgood, S. [5344], Tanzania K000190574
    Meller, C.J. [s.n.], Malawi K000274640 Unknown type material

    First published in Fl. Trop. Afr. 3: 350 (1877)

    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: 174 (1989).
    • Maquet in Troupin, Fl. Rwanda 3: 604 (1985).
    • P.J. Cribb & G.P. Leedal, Mountain Flow. S. Tanz.: 157, t. 42b (1982).
    • Moeser in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 44: 332 (1910).
    • Oliv. & Hiern in Flora of Tropical Africa 3: 350 (1877).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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