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Description: Perennial herb with erect or ascending, densely grey-felted branches, up to 60 cm tall. Leaves sessile, ovate-oblong, up to 1.8 cm long, covered with grey felt on both sides; apex acute, tipped with a brown mucro. Capitula in a densely corymbose, terminal inflorescence. Involucral bracts 4-5- seriate, up to 7 mm long, oblong, whitish, turning green towards the base. Florets rose-pink.
Notes: An endemic of the Chimanimani quartzites. From SRGH on 7 Sep 2007, there appear to be no records yet from Mozambique.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Quartzite crags
Altitude range: (metres)
Worldwide distribution: Known only from quartzite crags on Mount Peza in the Chimanimani Mountains.
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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The endemic species of the Chimanimani Mountains and their significance Wild, H. (1964). Kirkia 4 Pages 152 - 153. Comments
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Other sources of information about Helichrysum maestum: External websites: African Plant Database
Helichrysum maestum Biodiversity Explorer
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Helichrysum maestum ePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center):
Helichrysum maestum Flora Zambesiaca
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Helichrysum maestum IPNI
(International Plant Names Index):
Helichrysum maestum Ispot Southern Africa
Helichrysum maestum JSTOR Plant Science
Helichrysum maestum Kew Herbarium catalogue
Helichrysum maestum Tropicos
Helichrysum maestum West African Plants database
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Helichrysum maestum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=159710, retrieved 28 July 2016
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