Helichrysum tillandsiifolium O. Hoffm.

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Helichrysum tillandsiifolium

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Mafinga Mountains, Mafinga District, Muchinga Province

Helichrysum tillandsiifolium

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Mafinga Mountains, Mafinga District, Muchinga Province

Helichrysum tillandsiifolium

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Mafinga Mountains, Mafinga District, Muchinga Province

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Synonyms: Helichrysum chamaethamnos Mattf.
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb forming cushions to 1 m in diameter, with flowering stems to 10(–20) cm high; rhizome woody and branched; stems prostrate, branched, covered in leaf sheaths, densely leafy. Leaves discolorous and silvery-grey beneath, sessile, linear, 1–3(–4) cm long, 0.1–0.3 cm wide, base half-amplexicaul and sheathing for afew mm, apex acute and mucronate, glabrous above with 3–5 clear parallel veins, silvery tomentose beneath. Capitula 3.5–6 mm long, heterogamous, 10–20(–30) together in terminal subglobose corymbs. Florets yellow, 40–50; outer florets 6–7, filiform, tube 2.3–2.5 mm long, lobes 0.4–0.5 mm long, style 2.5–3 mm long; inner florets 35–44, tube narrowly infundibuliform, 2.5–3 mm long, lobes 0.5–0.7 mm long, sparsely glandular, anthers ± 1.2 mm long, style 3–4 mm long. Achenes cylindrical, 0.5–0.9 mm long, glabrous; pappus white, 2–2.5 mm long, caducous in groups.
Derivation of specific name: tillandsifolium: with leaves resembling Tillandsia, a genus in the Bromeliad family, Bromeliaceae
Habitat: Submontane grassland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Dec - Feb
Worldwide distribution: DRC (Katanga), Zambia and Tanzania
Malawi distribution: N
Growth form(s): Perennial.
Endemic status:
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Wild, H. (Undated, c. 1980?). A draft revision of Helichrysum Mill. for Flora Zambesiaca Unpublished ms. Pages 46 - 47.

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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 tillandsiifolium.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=227370, retrieved 1 October 2023

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