Helichrysum odoratissimum (L.) Sweet

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Helichrysum odoratissimum

Picture: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Helichrysum odoratissimum

Picture: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Helichrysum odoratissimum

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near top of Castle Beacon, Vumba

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Synonyms: Gnaphalium aureofulvum Berg.
Gnaphalium odoratissimum L.
Gnaphalium pedunculare L.
Gnaphalium strigosum Thunb.
Helichrysum pedunculare (L.) DC.
Helichrysum sarveri S. Moore
Common names:
Status: Native
Much-branched, straggling perennial, occasionally scrambling several meters high into surrounding vegetation. Leaves variable, up to 6 cm long, from linear-oblong to lanceolate or obovate-spathulate, grey-green above, glandular, covered in greyish-white velvet hairs below, sometimes also above. Capitula in more or less dense terminal flattened heads, matted together with greyish-white woolly hairs below. Involucral bracts c. 3-seriate, up to 2.3 mm long, oblong, shiny yellow, sometimes tinged brown. Florets bright yellow.
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Habitat: In grassland and bracken scrub
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Flowering time:Mainly Oct - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Widespread throughout tropical Africa to the Cape Peninsula, South Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca):
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Mc
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Beentje, H.J. (ed.) (2002). Compositae (Part 2) Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 410 - 412. (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.

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 74 - 76. (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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 31.

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 4 - 7.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Helichrysum odoratissimum
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Helichrysum odoratissimum

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Helichrysum odoratissimum
African Plant Database: Helichrysum odoratissimum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Helichrysum odoratissimum
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Helichrysum odoratissimum
Plants of the World Online: Helichrysum odoratissimum
Tropicos: Helichrysum odoratissimum
Wikipedia: Helichrysum odoratissimum

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Helichrysum odoratissimum.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=159770, retrieved 28 September 2023

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