Helichrysum caespititium (DC.) Harv.

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Helichrysum caespititium

Photo: Francis Lagarde
1,5 km from World's view, between World's view and the Troubeck Golfcourse.

Helichrysum caespititium

Photo: Francis Lagarde
1,5 km from World's view, between World's view and the Troubeck Golfcourse.

Helichrysum caespititium

Photo: Francis Lagarde
1,5 km from World's view, between World's view and the Troubeck Golfcourse.

Helichrysum caespititium

Photo: Francis Lagarde
1,5 km from World's view, between World's view and the Troubeck Golfcourse.

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Synonyms: Helichrysum lineare DC. var. caespititium DC.
Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Densely tufted, low prostrate perennial herb. Leaves densely crowded along the stems, 6-10 mm long, linear, clasping at the base, woolly on both sides, orange gland-dotted; margin rolled under. Capitula in tight terminal clusters, usually less than 1 cm in diameter. Involucral bracts c. 6-seriate; outer bracts leaf-like, up to 3(-5) mm long, linear, embedded in a woolly mass; inner bracts c. 3 mm long, narrowly oblong, colourless or pinkish. Florets yellow, tipped with pink. See H. asperum for comparison.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: caespititium: from caespitose, very much tufted, matted, referring to the cushion-forming growth habit.
Habitat: In grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1500 - 2230 m
Flowering time:Aug - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland and South Africa as far as the Eastern Cape.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Friday 2 December 2011
Literature:

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 438 - 439. (Includes a picture).

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 442 - 443. (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. (Undated, c. 1980?). A draft revision of Helichrysum Mill. Unpublished ms. Page 61.


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African Plant Database: Helichrysum caespititium
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Helichrysum caespititium
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Helichrysum caespititium
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Helichrysum caespititium
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Helichrysum caespititium
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Helichrysum caespititium
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Helichrysum caespititium
Ispot Southern Africa : Helichrysum caespititium
JSTOR Plant Science: Helichrysum caespititium
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Helichrysum caespititium
Tropicos: Helichrysum caespititium
West African Plants database: Helichrysum caespititium


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Helichrysum caespititium.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=159510, retrieved 28 May 2016

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