Helichrysum chionosphaerum DC.

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Helichrysum chionosphaerum

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Helichrysum chionosphaerum

Photo: Bart Wursten

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Synonyms: Helichrysum pondoense Schltr.
Helichrysum randii S. Moore
Common names:
Status: Native
Mat-forming perennial herb with spreading, more or less prostrate branches growing from a strong woody rootstock. Leaves in a basal rosette or crowded on short stems, up to c. 6 mm long, linear, glandular hairy with silky-white margins above, silky woolly below, particularly on the margins and veins. Capitula solitary or in small clusters. Involucral bracts shiny white or buff, 6-seriate, up to 8 mm long. Florets numerous, pale yellow.
Derivation of specific name: chionosphaerum: chionos - snow (Gr); "with a ring of snow"; probably referring to the white involucral bracts.
Habitat: On rocks in submontane grassland.
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Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini and South Africa as far as the Eastern Cape.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Saturday 13 December 2008

Hilliard, O.M. (1983). Asteraceae, Inuleae, Gnaphaliinae Flora of Southern Africa 33-7-2 Pages 256 - 258. (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 chionosphaerum
African Plant Database: Helichrysum chionosphaerum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Helichrysum chionosphaerum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Helichrysum chionosphaerum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Helichrysum chionosphaerum
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iNaturalist: Helichrysum chionosphaerum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Helichrysum chionosphaerum
JSTOR Plant Science: Helichrysum chionosphaerum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Helichrysum chionosphaerum
Plants of the World Online: Helichrysum chionosphaerum
Tropicos: Helichrysum chionosphaerum
Wikipedia: Helichrysum chionosphaerum

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 chionosphaerum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=159570, retrieved 17 April 2024

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