1. Family: Asteraceae Bercht. & J.Presl
    1. Genus: Helichrysum Mill.
      1. Helichrysum kirkii Oliv. & Hiern

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya to S. Tropical Africa.

    [FTEA]

    Compositae, H. Beentje, C. Jeffrey & D.J.N. Hind. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2005

    Habit
    Perennial herb 0.3–1.2 m high; one to several erect stems from a vertical woody rhizome, simple or sparsely branched, pubescent to tomentose, densely leafy.
    Leaves
    Leaves green above, green or whitish beneath, sessile, linear to narrowly lanceolate, 1–5 cm long, 0.1–1 cm wide, base rounded to ± auriculate, margins revolute, apex acute and mucronate, thinly tomentose and glabrescent to scabrid and glandular above, white-tomentose to thin-pubescent beneath.
    Capitulum
    Capitula 9–16 mm long, heterogamous, terminal, solitary or in few-headed cymes, but branching of stems may give rise to a large inflorescence; stalks of individual capitula 1–3 mm long; phyllaries multiseriate, shiny golden yellow (the outermost greenish-yellow), rarely pink-tinged, ovate to lanceolate, 2–13 mm long, acute, stereome pilose and glandular; receptacle honeycombed.
    Florets
    Florets yellow or orange-yellow; outer florets few, in one or two rows, filiform from a wider base, tube 2.5–3.5 mm long, lobes 0.2–0.3 mm long, style 3–3.4 mm long; inner florets many, with tube cylindric, 3.1–4 mm long, lobes sparsely glandular, 0.4–0.5 mm long, anthers 2.3–2.4 mm long, style 4–4.7 mm long.
    Fruits
    Achenes cylindric, 0.6–1.1 mm long, glabrous; pappus yellowish, 3.5–4.5 mm long, caducous.
    Figures
    Fig. 89.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

    Helichrysum kirkii Oliv. & Hiern appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Speke [s.n.], Tanzania K000274606 Unknown type material
    Harris, T. [484], Malawi K000614562
    Mwangulango, N.A. [1221], Tanzania K000614880

    First published in Trans. Linn. Soc. London 29(2): 95 (1873)

    Accepted by

    • Roskov Y. & al. (eds.) (2018). Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Beentje in Kew Bulletin 55 (2): 362 (2000).
    • Agnew, A.D.Q. & Agnew, S., Upland Kenya Wild Flowers, ed. 2: 212 (1994).
    • Lisowski in Flore d'Afrique Centrale Compositae, Inuleae: 168, t. 37/a-e (1989).
    • P.J. Cribb & G.P. Leedal, Mountain Flow. S. Tanz.: 157, t. 42c (1982).
    • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 153 (1949).
    • Moeser in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 44: 331 (1910).
    • Oliv. & Hiern in Flora of Tropical Africa 3: 349 (1877).
    • Oliv. & Hiern in Trans. Linn. Soc., London 29: 95, t. 61 (1873)

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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