Helichrysum cephaloideum DC.

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Helichrysum cephaloideum

Photo: Bart Wursten
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Helichrysum cephaloideum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bunga Views, Vumba

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Synonyms: Helichrysum adscendens sensu Moeser var. cephaloideum Moeser
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Status: Native
Erect perennial herb, up to c. 40 cm tall, growing from a woody rootstock. Stems 1-several, mostly simple, with appressed hairs. Basal leaves usually shrivelled at time of flowering, when present sessile lanceolate to oblanceolate-oblong, up to 40 cm long, grey woolly. Leaves along the stem up to 6 × 1 cm, narrowly oblong-lanceolate, decreasing in size upwards, grey woolly, particularly below. Capitula forming a dense corymbose head, up to 9 cm in diameter. Involucral bracts glossy bright yellow or straw-coloured, often brown-tipped, rarely purple-brown, c. 6-seriate, up to 6 mm long, ovate. Florets yellow.
Derivation of specific name: cephaloideum: "head-like", referring to the compact inflorescence of capitula.
Habitat: In grassland and Miombo woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1060 - 2140 m
Flowering time:Mar - Jul
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini and South Africa as far as the Southern Cape.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Friday 12 December 2008

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 30.

Hilliard, O.M. (1983). Asteraceae, Inuleae, Gnaphaliinae Flora of Southern Africa 33-7-2 Pages 248 - 250. (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.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 89.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Helichrysum cephaloideum
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JSTOR Plant Science: Helichrysum cephaloideum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Helichrysum cephaloideum
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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 cephaloideum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=159540, retrieved 5 March 2024

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