Helichrysum argyrosphaerum DC.

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Helichrysum argyrosphaerum

Picture: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Helichrysum argyrosphaerum

Picture: Mark Hyde
Back of Reps Theatre

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Common names:
Status: Native
Low annual herb with a long taproot and radiating prostrate branches, up to 25 cm long. Leaves spathulate to oblanceolate, up to c. 2.5 cm long, thinly grey-woolly on both sides. Capitula solitary at the end of branches. Involucral bracts c. 9-seriate, up to 7 mm long, silvery white, turning pink at the centre. Florets yellow, often pink-tipped, turning brown with age.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: argyrosphaerum: with a silver sphere; referring to the white rings of involucral bracts.
Habitat: Widespread in sandy areas in open woodland and grassland, often in disturbed soil or as a weed of cultivation.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Jun - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Northern Province, Freestate, KwaZulu-Natal and Northern Cape, South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca):
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lk,W
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Endemic status:
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Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 215. (Includes a picture).

Hilliard, O.M. (1983). Asteraceae, Inuleae, Gnaphaliinae Flora of Southern Africa 33-7-2 Pages 170 - 173. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 255. (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 25.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 38. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 34.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 199.

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Flora of Botswana: Helichrysum argyrosphaerum
Flora of Caprivi: Helichrysum argyrosphaerum
Flora of Mozambique: Helichrysum argyrosphaerum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Helichrysum argyrosphaerum

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Helichrysum argyrosphaerum
African Plant Database: Helichrysum argyrosphaerum
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Helichrysum argyrosphaerum
Plants of the World Online: Helichrysum argyrosphaerum
Tropicos: Helichrysum argyrosphaerum
Wikipedia: Helichrysum argyrosphaerum

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Helichrysum argyrosphaerum.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=159470, retrieved 24 May 2024

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