9006.000 Helichrysum Mill. - Everlasting flowers

Hilliard, O.M. (1983) Asteraceae, Inuleae, Gnaphaliinae Flora of Southern Africa 33-7-2

Wild, H. (Undated, c. 1980?) A draft revision of Helichrysum Mill. for Flora Zambesiaca Unpublished ms.

Description of the genus

Herbs, suffrutices or shrubs, usually woolly or cobwebby and often glandular. Leaves alternate, entire. Capitula in terminal ± flat-topped corymbs or solitary. Phyllaries in few to many series, white, yellow, straw-coloured, pink or red (everlasting). Receptacle smooth, honeycombed or minutely fimbriate. Receptacular scales rarely present. Marginal florets female, central bisexual. Achenes usually glabrous. Pappus generally 1-seriate.

Derivation of name: Greek for sun and gold, referring to the flower heads.

Comment: Unfortunately we are still awaiting an updated revision of this large and diverse genus for the Flora Zambesiaca. The species list in our database is based on specimens found at SRGH and the unpublished and unfinished draft manuscript written by Prof. Hiram Wild around 1980. It is therefore possible that some names are missing or that not all names used in our system are taxonomically up-to-date and correct.

Worldwide: c. 600 species in warm regions of the Old Word, especially southern Africa

Zimbabwe: 54 taxa.

Helichrysum kraussii

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
acervatum S. Moore[NrEnd][LR-lc]EDescription, Image
acutatum DC.EDescription, Image
adenocarpum DC. subsp. adenocarpum C,EDescription, Image
africanum (S. Moore) Wild[NrEnd][LR-nt]EDescription, Image
argyrosphaerum DC.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
asperum (Thunb.) Hilliard & B.L. BurttW,C,E,SDescription, Image
aureum (Houtt.) Merr. var. monocephalum (DC.) HilliardC,EDescription, Image
buchananii Engl.C,E,SDescription, Image
caespititium (DC.) Harv.C,EDescription, Image
callicomum Harv.C,EDescription, Image
candolleanum H. BuekN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
cephaloideum DC.N,C,E,SDescription, Image
chasei Wild[NrEnd][LR-lc]EDescription, Image
chionosphaerum DC.EDescription, Image
cooperi Harv.N,W,C,EDescription, Image
coriaceum Harv.C,EDescription, Image
edwardsii WildE
forskahlii (J.F. Gmel.) Hilliard & B.L. BurttW,C,EDescription, Image
goetzeanum O. Hoffm.C,EDescription, Image
graniticola Wild[End][LR-nt]W,C,EDescription, Image
herbaceum (Andrews) SweetC,EDescription, Image
homilochrysum S. MooreEDescription, Image
inyangense Wild[End]EDescription, Image
kilimanjari Oliv.EDescription, Image
kraussii Sch. Bip.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
lepidissimum S. MooreE,SDescription, Image
longiramum MoeserEDescription, Image
maestum Wild[End][VU]EDescription, Image
mechowianum Klatt var. ceres (S. Moore) BeentjeN,C,EDescription, Image
membranaceum WildN,CDescription, Image
mixtum (Kuntze) MoeserEDescription
moorei Staner[NrEnd][LR-nt]EDescription, Image
mundtii Harv.CDescription
nitens Oliv. & Hiern subsp. nitens C,E,SDescription, Image
nudifolium (L.) Less. var. nudifolium N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
nudifolium (L.) Less. var. oxyphyllum (DC.) BeentjeN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
nudifolium (L.) Less. var. pilosellum (L. f.) BeentjeEDescription, Image
odoratissimum (L.) SweetC,EDescription, Image
panduratum O. Hoffm. var. panduratum C,E,SDescription, Image
panduratum O. Hoffm. var. transvaalense MoeserC,EDescription, Image
polycladum KlattE,SDescription, Image
rhodellum Wild[NrEnd][LR-nt]EDescription, Image
schimperi (Sch. Bip. ex A. Rich.) MoeserEDescription, Image
serpentinicola Wild[End]CDescription, Image
setosum Harv.EImage
sp.no.1 [aff.decorum (Chase 2884)]E
splendidum (Thunb.) Less.EDescription, Image
stenopterum DC.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
subglomeratum Less.W,CDescription, Image
sulfureofuscum BakerEImage
swynnertonii S. MooreEImage
swynnertonii × nitens E
tomentulosum (Klatt) Merxm. subsp. tomentulosum W,SDescription
umbraculigerum Less.EDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Helichrysum:

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Flora of Botswana: Helichrysum
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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Helichrysum
Flora of Malawi: Helichrysum
Flora of Mozambique: Helichrysum
Flora of Zambia: Helichrysum
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Helichrysum

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Helichrysum
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Helichrysum
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Helichrysum
Plants of the World Online: Helichrysum
Tropicos: Helichrysum
Wikipedia: Helichrysum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Helichrysum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1498, retrieved 13 June 2024

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