Helichrysum maestum Wild

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Helichrysum maestum

Photo: Bart Wursten

Helichrysum maestum

Photo: Bart Wursten

Helichrysum maestum

Photo: Bart Wursten

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Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb with erect or ascending, densely grey-felted branches, up to 60 cm tall. Leaves sessile, ovate-oblong, up to 1.8 cm long, covered with grey felt on both sides; apex acute, tipped with a brown mucro. Capitula in a densely corymbose, terminal inflorescence. Involucral bracts 4-5- seriate, up to 7 mm long, oblong, whitish, turning green towards the base. Florets rose-pink.
Notes: An endemic of the Chimanimani quartzites. From SRGH on 7 Sep 2007, there appear to be no records yet from Mozambique.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Quartzite crags
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Known only from quartzite crags on Mount Peza in the Chimanimani Mountains.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Images last updated: Saturday 29 May 2010

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 163.

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 134.

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. (1964). The endemic species of the Chimanimani Mountains and their significance Kirkia 4 Pages 152 - 153. Protologue

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 maestum
African Plant Database: Helichrysum maestum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Helichrysum maestum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Helichrysum maestum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Helichrysum maestum
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iNaturalist: Helichrysum maestum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Helichrysum maestum
JSTOR Plant Science: Helichrysum maestum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Helichrysum maestum
Plants of the World Online: Helichrysum maestum
Tropicos: Helichrysum maestum
Wikipedia: Helichrysum maestum

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 maestum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=159710, retrieved 23 June 2024

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