Helichrysum nitens Oliv. & Hiern
subsp. nitens

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Helichrysum nitens subsp. nitens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Helichrysum nitens subsp. nitens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Common names:
Frequency: Common in suitable habitats.
Status: Native
Stout greyish herb with a basal rosette of leaves and a single stem up to c. 80 cm high, branched above. Leaves sessile and clasping the stem, ovate-lanceolate, up to 20 cm long, rarely longer, densely covered in grey or whitish hairs on both surfaces, indumentum sometimes pealing off; some smaller leaves widely spaced along the stem. Capitula 15-23 mmlong, terminal on the branches, together forming a lax, cmose inflorescence. Involucral bracts 5-seriate, ovate-lanceolate, 5-17 mm long, shiny yellow, sometimes bronze-tinged. Florets yellow.
Notes: Dried but still colourful flowerheads can often still be seen for months after the actual flowering time.
This species appears to be particularly common in the Vumba.
Derivation of specific name: nitens: glossy, shining
Habitat: In (sub)montane grassland, often among rocks.
Altitude range: (metres) 1140 - 2200 m
Flowering time:Mar - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E,S
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Images last updated: Tuesday 25 July 2006

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 184 - 185. (Includes a picture).

Beentje, H.J. (ed.) (2002). Compositae (Part 2) Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 433.

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 98.

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

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.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 146, plate 189

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 55.

Wild, H. (Undated, c. 1980?). A draft revision of Helichrysum Mill. for Flora Zambesiaca Unpublished ms. Pages 103 - 105.

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 nitens
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Helichrysum nitens
Plants of the World Online: Helichrysum nitens
Tropicos: Helichrysum nitens
Wikipedia: Helichrysum nitens

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 nitens subsp. nitens.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=159750, retrieved 4 March 2024

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