Helichrysum odoratissimum (L.) Sweet

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Helichrysum odoratissimum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Helichrysum odoratissimum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Helichrysum odoratissimum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near top of Castle Beacon, Vumba

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Synonyms: Gnaphalium odoratissimum L.
Helichrysum sarveri S. Moore
Common names:
Frequency: Common in the E Highlands
Status: Native
Much-branched, straggling perennial, occasionally scrambling several meters high into surrounding vegetation. Leaves variable, up to 6 cm long, from linear-oblong to lanceolate or obovate-spathulate, grey-green above, glandular, covered in greyish-white velvet hairs below, sometimes also above. Capitula in more or less dense terminal flattened heads, matted together with greyish-white woolly hairs below. Involucral bracts c. 3-seriate, up to 2.3 mm long, oblong, shiny yellow, sometimes tinged brown. Florets bright yellow.
Notes: NOTE: This is one of the most common and conspicuous species of the genus in the E Highlands, this scrambler can sometimes cover entire hillsides. The contrasting colours of greyish leaves and bright yellow flowerheads make an attractive display.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In grassland and bracken scrub
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Mainly Oct - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Widespread throughout tropical Africa to the Cape Peninsula, South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 7 April 2007

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 98.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 55.


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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 odoratissimum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=159770, retrieved 28 July 2016

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