Helichrysum asperum (Thunb.) Hilliard & B.L. Burtt

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Helichrysum asperum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba Botanic Gardens

Helichrysum asperum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba Botanic Gardens

Helichrysum asperum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba Botanic Gardens

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Synonyms: Gnaphalium ericoides L.
Stoebe aspera Thunb.
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb with often prostrate branches. Leaves up to 20 mm long, linear, whitish woolly, particularly below, gland-dotted; margin rolled under. Capitula in tight terminal and axillary clusters, c. 1 cm in diameter. Involucral bracts creamy-white, c. 6-seriate, up to 5 mm long, narrowly oblong, colourless or pinkish. Florets yellow, tipped with pink.
Notes: Note: this species is similar to H. caespititium, which usually is a more compact, cushion-forming habit.
Derivation of specific name: asperum: rough
Habitat: On sandy soils in open grassland and woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1280 - 1980 m
Flowering time:May - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe and South Africa as far as the Eastern Cape.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E,S
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Thursday 25 September 2008

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 19. As Helichrysum asperum asperum

Hilliard, O.M. (1983). Asteraceae, Inuleae, Gnaphaliinae Flora of Southern Africa 33-7-2 Pages 124 - 126. as Helichrysum asperum var. asperum (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 26.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Helichrysum asperum
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Helichrysum asperum
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Wikipedia: Helichrysum asperum

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: Species information: Helichrysum asperum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=159480, retrieved 15 June 2024

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