Helichrysum goetzeanum O. Hoffm.

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Helichrysum goetzeanum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Helichrysum goetzeanum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Helichrysum goetzeanum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Helichrysum goetzeanum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Status: Native
Scrambling, branching perennial herb up to 2 m tall. Stems whitish-woolly, leafy to the apex. Leaves up to 15 × 5 cm, more or less narrowly oblong or elliptic, narrowing into a pseudopetiole and clasping the stem, thinly greyish velvety above when young but becoming green and hairless later, white woolly beneath; veis prominent beneath; margin wavy, entire or minutely scalloped. Capitula hemispherical c 1.2 cm in diameter, forming more or less lax panicles at the ends of branches. Involucral bracts shiny yellowish or straw-coloured, sometimes tinged with brown, 4-5-seriate, ovate to lanceolate. Florets yellow.
Notes: There appears to be some confusion about the distribution range of this species and its occurrence in Zimbabwe. In existing literature it is said to occur only as far South as Mt Mulanje in Malawi (Beentje, 2002; Lisowsky, 1989). Hiram Wild, in his unpublished draft revision for Flora Zambesiaca (1980), only mentions one specimen from Stapleford Forest (Brain 9343, SRGH). However, a substantial number of specimens from Eastern Zimbabwe at SRGH, originally identified as H. cf. buchananii, have all been relabeled by Wild as H. goetzeanum and seem to match this species very well. This also appears to be true for the specimen in the above images. Awaiting further information we have for now accepted H. goetzeanum as occurring in Zimbabwe.
Derivation of specific name: goetzeanum: after Walter Goetze (1872-1899), German naturalist, explorer, photographer and collector of botanical and zoological specimens in Tanzania.
Habitat: Along forest margins and in bracken scrub.
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
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Beentje, H.J. (ed.) (2002). Compositae (Part 2) Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 428.

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 97.

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

Lisowsky, S. (1989). Compositae (Deuxième partie: tribu Inuleae) Flore d'Afrique Centrale Jardin botanique national de Belgique Pages 164 - 165.

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.

Wild, H. (Undated, c. 1980?). A draft revision of Helichrysum Mill. for Flora Zambesiaca Unpublished ms. Pages 91 - 92.

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

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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 goetzeanum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=159620, retrieved 13 April 2024

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