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This species is accepted, and its native range is Cameroon to Ethiopia and S. Africa, W. Yemen.


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

Morphology General Habit
Herb with annual stems from a perennial rootstock; rootstock stout and woody, crowned with old fibrous leaf-bases which are sparsely to densely woolly, the flowering stems solitary to many, simple, 10–80(–100) cm high, whitish or yellowish woolly, sometimes leafy at the base only, in our area usually also with some cauline leaves; flowering stems sometimes developing before the radical leaves become apparent.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves spreading or ascending, dark or pale green above, pale grey or whitish beneath, the radical ones forming a loose rosette, (narrowly) elliptic to almost round, sessile or with a long pseudopetiole up to 20 cm long, blade 5–15(–34) cm long, 1–4(–8) cm wide, proximally pseudopetiolate or narrowing to a clasping base, shortly decurrent, margins entire, apex obtuse and mucronate to acuminate, glabrous to thinly woolly or long-pubescent with coarse hairs or scabridulous above, white-felted beneath, strongly 3–9-nerved; the cauline leaves progressively narrower and smaller.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Capitulum
Capitula homogamous, 4–8 mm long, in cymes united in rounded or corymbose clusters 1.5–15 cm across, on long leafless stalks with white wool mixed with multicellular brown hairs; stalks of individual capitula 2–4 mm long; phyllaries 3–6-seriate, pellucid, yellow, pale brown, grey-green or green with brown flecks, subequal or the outermost smallest, 1.5–6 mm long, base woolly, apex obtuse, stereome fenestrated or not, rarely distally ray-like; receptacle fimbrillate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Florets yellow or orange, 18–70, hermaphrodite (but see note under var. nudifolium), tube (narrowly) infundibuliform, 2–4.3 mm long, lobes 0.4–0.7 mm long, glandular (but not often in our area), anthers 1.2–2 mm long, style 2.9–4.8 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes cylindrical, 0.5–1.5 mm long, glabrous; pappus of many bristles, 2.8–5 mm long, lightly coherent by their bases, barbellate, caducous in groups.
Fig. 88 (page 421), fig. 86/1 (page 406).

Native to:

Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Central African Repu, Ethiopia, Free State, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Rwanda, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Helichrysum nudifolium (L.) Less. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Zeyher [881], South Africa K000274573 Unknown type material
Cameron, K.J. [6], Malawi K000274616 Unknown type material
Cameron, K.J. [6], Malawi K000274617 Unknown type material
Maitland, T.D. [0 s.n.50], Cameroon K000052172
Maitland, T.D. [0 s.n.50], Cameroon K000052173
Hepper, F.N. [2156], Cameroon K000052171
Glover [2658], Kenya Helichrysum gerberifolium 26902.000

First published in Syn. Gen. Compos.: 299 (1832)

Accepted by

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


Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • Syn. Gen. Comp. 299 (1832).

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Agnew, A.D.Q. & Agnew, S., Upland Kenya Wild Flowers, ed. 2: 211 (1994).
  • Beentje in Kew Bulletin 55 (2): 352 (2000).
  • C.D. Adams in Flora of West Tropical Africa ed. 2, 2: 264 (1963).
  • DC., Prodr. 6: 200 (1838).
  • E. Lind & A. Tallantire, Some Common Flowering Plants of Uganda p. 177 (1962).
  • Hilliard, Flora of Southern Africa 33, 7 (2): 233, fig. 48/1 (1983).
  • Less., Syn. Comp.: 299 (1832).
  • Lisowski in Flore d'Afrique Centrale Compositae, Inuleae: 109, t. 20/a-e (1989).
  • Maquet in Troupin, Fl. Rwanda 3: 610 (1985).
  • Mesfin & T. Reilly in D.J.N. Hind et al. (eds), Adv. Comp. Syst.: 430 (1995).
  • Moeser in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 44: 265 (1910).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa

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