Helichrysum stenopterum DC.

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Helichrysum stenopterum

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road from Swynnerton Memorial to main road, Chirinda Forest

Helichrysum stenopterum

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road from Swynnerton Memorial to main road, Chirinda Forest

Helichrysum stenopterum

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road from Swynnerton Memorial to main road, Chirinda Forest

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Synonyms: Achyrocline hochstetteri A. Rich.
Achyrocline stenoptera (DC.) Hilliard & B.L. Burtt.
Gnaphalium hochstetteri (A. Rich.) Sch. Bip.
Gnaphalium stenopterum (DC.) Sch. Bip.
Helichrysum hochstetteri (A. Rich.) Hook. f.
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Many-stemmed, scrambling, strongly aromatic perennial herb, often woody near the base. Stems straggling or climbing, up to 2 m long, with almost continuous narrow wings, gland-dotted, greyish-white felted, especially when young, often becoming hairless when older. Leaves narrowly lanceeolate, up to 12 cm long, densely covered with whitish felt-like hairs, especially when young, gland-dotted beneath; base decurrent into the wings on the stems; margin strongly rolled under. Capitula in dense terminal corymbose heads, up 12 cm in diameter. Involucral bracts 2-3-seriate, pale brownish, tipped yellow, lanceolate, up to 2.5 mm long. Florets yellow.
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Worldwide distribution: Nigeria, Cameroon, DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Also in Yemen.
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Beentje, H.J. (ed.) (2002). Compositae (Part 2) Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 409 - 410.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 32.

Hilliard, O.M. (1983). Asteraceae, Inuleae, Gnaphaliinae Flora of Southern Africa 33-7-2 Pages 58 - 60. as Achyrocline stenoptera (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 23. as Achyrocline stenoptera

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 35.

Wild, H. (Undated, c. 1980?). A draft revision of Helichrysum Mill. for Flora Zambesiaca Unpublished ms. Pages 1 - 3. pages 1-2 missing

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Flora of Mozambique: Helichrysum stenopterum
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Helichrysum stenopterum
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Helichrysum stenopterum
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Wikipedia: Helichrysum stenopterum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Helichrysum stenopterum.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=159430, retrieved 15 June 2024

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