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.
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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

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
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Helichrysum serpentinicola
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Helichrysum serpentinicola
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Helichrysum serpentinicola
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Helichrysum serpentinicola
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Helichrysum serpentinicola
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Ispot Southern Africa: Helichrysum serpentinicola
JSTOR Plant Science: Helichrysum serpentinicola
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Helichrysum serpentinicola
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Helichrysum serpentinicola
The Plant List (version 1.1): Helichrysum serpentinicola
Tropicos: Helichrysum serpentinicola

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Helichrysum serpentinicola.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=159840, retrieved 24 February 2018

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