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Nr summit of Mt Dombe, Chimanimani Mts
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Calomeria africana (S. Moore) Heine Humea africana S. Moore
Frequency: Locally common
Description: Much-branched shrubby perennial, up to 1 m tall. Leaves sessile, oblong-ovate, up to 1.5 × 1 cm, 3-veined from the base,
densely grey velvety on both surfaces. Capitula in terminal, many-headed corymbose cymes. Involucral bracts 5-seriate, ovate-oblong, 2.5 mm, pale yellow or rarely purplish. Florets bright yellow; flowerheads turning straw-coloured when older.
Notes: Although this species is still listed in most taxonomic databases under the genus name
Calomeria, other sources list Calomeria as a monotypic genus from Australia with the single species C. amaranthoides Vent, a shrub-like plant that bears little or no resemblance to C. africana.
Derivation of specific name:
africanum: of Africa, an odd name for this particular species since it is a very narrow endemic and not widespread in Africa at all.
Habitat: Among quartzite rocks and in quartzite grasslands.
Altitude range: (metres)
950 - 2300 m (approx)
Worldwide distribution: Chimanimani Mts of Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
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Images last updated: Monday 12 September 2011
The endemic species of the Chimanimani Mountains and their significance Wild, H. (1964). Kirkia 4 Page 154. as Humea africana Comments
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Other sources of information about Helichrysum africanum: Our websites: Flora of Mozambique
Helichrysum africanum External websites: African Plant Database
Helichrysum africanum Biodiversity Explorer
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Helichrysum africanum EOL
(Encyclopedia of Life):
Helichrysum africanum ePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center):
Helichrysum africanum Flora Zambesiaca
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Helichrysum africanum IPNI
(International Plant Names Index):
Helichrysum africanum Ispot Southern Africa
Helichrysum africanum JSTOR Plant Science
Helichrysum africanum Kew Herbarium catalogue
Helichrysum africanum Tropicos
Helichrysum africanum 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 africanum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=159950, retrieved 26 June 2016
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