Helichrysum sordidum S. Moore

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Synonyms: Helichrysum achyroclinoides S. Moore
Helichrysum synsephalum sensu Moeser in Engl., Bot Jahrb. 44: 314 (1910)
Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Perennial herb up to c. 45 cm tall; branches erect, thinly grey-araneose, leave almost to the inflorescence. Leaves up to 2.7 x 0.8 cm on a petiole up to 0.6 cm long; blade ovate-lanceolate to lanceolate, apex acuminate, crenate and a little decurrent into the petiole, thinly araneose, green and more or less bullate above, densely white tomentose below. Capitula c. 3 mm in diam., in more or less lax terminal corymbs; involucral bracts 3-seriate, outer 2 series oblong and rounded at the apex, c. 4 mm long, araneose at the base, silvery white, imbricate and not spreading, innermost spathulate. Receptacle lat, nude. Florets yellow, up to c. 10; female florets 1-3, 2.7 mm long, narrowly cylindric, lobes more or less erect, papillose-glandular; hermaphrodite florets 3 mm long, cylindric but wider, limb campanulate, lobes larger and papillose-glandular. Cypsela 1 mm long, cylindric, glabrous; pappus setae equalling the corolla, deciduous.
Notes: This taxon name does not appear to be listed at all in IPNI nor in POWO and its current status is unknown. The above description was copied from Hiram Wild's unpublished manuscript (c. 1980).
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Habitat: Submontane, often rocky grassland.
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Worldwide distribution: Only known from Mt Mulanje, Malawi
Malawi distribution: S
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Endemic status: Endemic
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Strugnell, A.M. (2002). Endemics of Mt. Mulanje. The endemic spermatophytes of Mt. Mulanje, Malawi Systematics and Geography of Plants 72 Page 15.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 56.

Wild, H. (Undated, c. 1980?). A draft revision of Helichrysum Mill. for Flora Zambesiaca Unpublished ms. Pages 81 - 82.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Helichrysum sordidum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Helichrysum sordidum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Helichrysum sordidum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Helichrysum sordidum
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iNaturalist: Helichrysum sordidum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Helichrysum sordidum
JSTOR Plant Science: Helichrysum sordidum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Helichrysum sordidum
Plants of the World Online: Helichrysum sordidum
Tropicos: Helichrysum sordidum
Wikipedia: Helichrysum sordidum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Helichrysum sordidum.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=216440, retrieved 6 December 2023

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