Helichrysum nitens Oliv. & Hiern
subsp. nitens

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Helichrysum nitens subsp. nitens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

Helichrysum nitens subsp. nitens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

Helichrysum nitens subsp. nitens

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Plateau of Muvumodzi headwaters, Chimanimani Mts

Helichrysum nitens subsp. nitens

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Plateau of Muvumodzi headwaters, Chimanimani Mts

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Common names:
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.
Derivation of specific name: nitens: glossy, shining
Habitat: In (sub)montane grassland, often among rocks.
Altitude range: 1500 - 2200 m
Flowering time:Mar - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: Z,MS
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Content last updated: Friday 13 April 2012

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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.

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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 for Flora Zambesiaca Unpublished ms.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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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Helichrysum nitens subsp. nitens.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=159750, retrieved 18 April 2024

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