Helichrysum splendidum (Thunb.) Less.

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Helichrysum splendidum

Photo: Mark Hyde
Owenwee Cottage, World's View, Nyanga

Helichrysum splendidum

Photo: Mark Hyde
Owenwee Cottage, World's View, Nyanga

Helichrysum splendidum

Photo: Mark Hyde
Owenwee Cottage, World's View, Nyanga

Helichrysum splendidum

Photo: Michelle Harvey-Hyde
Owenwee Cottage, World's View, Nyanga

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Synonyms: Gnaphalium splendidum Thunb.
Common names:
Frequency: Locally abundant
Status: Native
Shrubby, aromatic perennial herb, forming large colonies. Leaves linear-oblong to linear-lanceolate, 1-3 cm long, densely covered in silvery-grey felt, particularly below; apex mucronate; margin rolled under. Capitula in dense terminal clusters. Involucral bracts c. 5-seriate, shiny bright yellow, linear, spreading up to 4 mm long. Florets yellow.
Notes: It is particularly abundant in the greater Nyanga area, covering entire hill sides and valleys.
Derivation of specific name: splendidum: splendid, striking
Habitat: Open montane areas.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: From Ethiopia southwards on the mountains of East Africa, Malawi, Zimbabwe to South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 182 - 183. (Includes a picture).

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.

Hilliard, O.M. (1983). Asteraceae, Inuleae, Gnaphaliinae Flora of Southern Africa 33-7-2 Pages 216 - 218. (Includes a picture).

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.

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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 splendidum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=159870, retrieved 21 April 2024

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