Helichrysum serpentinicola Wild

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Helichrysum serpentinicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Behind Valley of the Kings, Mutare

Helichrysum serpentinicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Behind Valley of the Kings, Mutare

Helichrysum serpentinicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Behind Valley of the Kings, Mutare

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Status: Native
Low, much-branched woody shrublet, up to 20 cm tall. Branches covered in greyish felt when young, blackish and almost hairless when old. Leaves numerous, sessile, small, c. 5 × 1.5 mm, spathulate-oblong, densely covered in silvery-grey felt on both surfaces. Capitula in clusters of 3-4 at the ends of branches. Involucral bracts c. 4-seriate, c. 6.5 mm long, triangular and reflexed at the apex, silvery-white, tipped pinkish-purple.
Notes: Note: the specimen in the photographs appears to match H. serpentinicola exactly. However, it was recorded from serpentine hills near Mutare. It may well be that the distribution of certain serpentine soil endemics extends this far but, as these hills are completely isolated from the Great Dyke by over 300 km, further research into the status of these taxa is needed. See also Euphorbia acervata.
Derivation of specific name: serpentinicola: serpentine loving
Habitat: In stony serpentine grasslands on the southern Great Dyke.
Altitude range: (metres)
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Worldwide distribution: Southern Great Dyke (only?) , Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: C
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Endemic status: Endemic
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Images last updated: Thursday 18 June 2009

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 179.

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. (1982). New species and new names of Helichrysum Mill. from the Flora Zambesiaca area Kirkia 12(2) Pages 196 - 197. Protologue

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

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 serpentinicola.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=159840, retrieved 28 February 2024

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