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  1. Family: Asteraceae Bercht. & J.Presl
    1. Genus: Helichrysum Mill.
      1. Helichrysum splendidum Less.

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

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Woody herb or shrublet 0.1–1.4 m high; branches ± virgate, closely leafy, thinly grey-woolly but glabrescent when older; branches with marcescent leaves or leaf scars on the older parts.
    Leaves
    Leaves silvery-grey, sessile, linear to lanceolate, 1–3.5 cm long, 0.1–1 cm wide, base half-clasping, margins revolute, apex subacute or obtuse and mucronate, grey-white tomentose on both surfaces or less so above.
    Capitulum
    Capitula 4–6 mm long, heterogamous, in dense globose clusters which are solitary or united in terminal (globose) corymbs, 1.5–5 cm in diameter; capitula subsessile; phyllaries bright yellow, glossy, 4–5-seriate, the inner distally radiating, ovate to oblong, 1.5–4.5 mm long, acute; receptacle honeycombed.
    Florets
    Florets yellow, 40–55(–105); outer 5–14, tube narrowly infundibuliform, 2.1–2.8 mm long, lobes 0.1–0.3 mm long, style 2.2–3 mm long; inner 36–43(–80), tube infundibuliform, 2.4–3 mm long, lobes 0.3–0.4 mm long, glandular, anthers 1.5–1.6 mm long, style ± 3.6 mm long.
    Fruits
    Achenes 0.7–1 mm long, papillose or glandular (F.S.A. says with duplex hairs); pappus white, 2.5–3.5 mm long, caducous in bunches.
    Habitat
    Heath zone, moorlands, among rocks and in crevices at high altitudes where it may be locally common; below 3000 m less common, in short grassland; (2000–)2700–4800 m
    Distribution
    T2 T3 T7

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Cape Provinces, Ethiopia, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Malawi, Northern Provinces, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Helichrysum splendidum Less. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Mar 1, 1953 Schimper [663], Ethiopia K000274429
    Mar 1, 1953 Schimper [127], Ethiopia K000274431
    Mar 1, 1953 Schimper [127], Ethiopia K000274432
    Mar 1, 1953 Schimper [1044], Ethiopia K000274433
    Mar 1, 1953 Steudner [265], Ethiopia K000274430
    Ash [1677], Ethiopia 34293.000
    Ash [430], Ethiopia 6049.338
    Burtt, B.D. [2279], Tanzania K000274586 Unknown type material
    Welwitsch [3503], Angola K000274624 Unknown type material

    Bibliography

    First published in Syn. Gen. Compos.: 286 (1832)

    Accepted by

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

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Mesfin & T. Reilly in D.J.N. Hind et al. (eds), Adv. Comp. Syst.: 416 (1995).
    • Hilliard, Flora of Southern Africa 33, 7 (2): 216, fig. 45/1 (1983).
    • O. Hedberg, Afroalpine Vascular Plants p. 204, 342 (1957).
    • Moeser in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 44: 284 (1910).
    • DC., Prodr. 6: 6: 185 (1838).
    • Less., Syn. Comp.: 286 (1832).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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