Helichrysum lepidissimum S. Moore

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Helichrysum lepidissimum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhandore plateau, Mt Gorongosa

Helichrysum lepidissimum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Small valley North-east of Mt Binga, Chimanimani Mts

Helichrysum lepidissimum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Small valley North-east of Mt Binga, Chimanimani Mts

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Synonyms: Helichrysum gazense S. Moore
Helichrysum mimetes S. Moore
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Much-branched, densely leafy, shrubby perennial. Leaves up to 2.5 × 1 cm, broadly elliptic to lanceolate or almost round, coarsely hairy above, greyish-white hairy below, sometimes tinged yellowish. Capitula in dense terminal heads up to 6 cm in diameter. Involucral bracts pale straw-coloured to dirty white, c. 5-seriate, up to 4 mm long. Florets yellow.
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Habitat: On rocky slopes and ridges in submontane grassland and bracken scrub.
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Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: MS
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Content last updated: Saturday 24 September 2011

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

Hilliard, O.M. (1983). Asteraceae, Inuleae, Gnaphaliinae Flora of Southern Africa 33-7-2 Pages 204 - 205. (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.

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 lepidissimum
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Helichrysum lepidissimum
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Wikipedia: Helichrysum lepidissimum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Helichrysum lepidissimum.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=159690, retrieved 2 October 2023

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