Common names:

Prince Albert everlasting

Origin of name:

albertense refers to the type locality in Prince Albert district.

Diagnostic characters:

Prostrate annual herb

Heads cobwebby


Annual herb with a slender taproot, branches 10�70 mm long, several from the crown, prostrate, very slender, simple or subsimple, dark reddish brown, cobwebby, distantly leafy except under the heads. Leaves mostly 4�11 x 2�3 mm, spathulate, apex rounded, base narrowed, half-clasping, margins flat, both surfaces loosely grey-woolly, glabrescent. Heads heterogamous or rarely homogamous, campanulate, 3 x 2 mm, many crowded in terminal glomerules surrounded by leaves. Involucral bracts in c. 6 series, subequal, outer webbed with wool to surrounding leaves, inner with some woolly hairs on backs, tips rounded, often emarginate, pellucid or subopaque, whitish mostly lightly suffused reddish- or golden-brown, or wholly golden-brown and then pellucid, scarcely radiating. Receptacle raised, with flattened tubercles. Flowers 12�22, (0�)1�4 female, 11�21 homogamous. Achenes 0,75 mm long, glabrous. Pappus bristles many, equaling corolla, tips scabrid, bases with patent cilia not cohering.


Flowering between September and December.


In 'Karroid broken veld' and 'on flat rante'. Recorded only from the Karoo, from Leeuw-Gamka and Ketting Station (Laingsburg district) east to Klipplaat near Jansenville and south to Prince Albert.


Nama Karoo Biome.



Allied to H. herniarioides but differing in its smaller heads and involucral bracts with tips pellucid or subopaque, whitish suffused with brown, not opaque snow-white nor with a red or brown patch.



Helichrysum albertense Hilliard in Flora of southern Africa 33,7 (2): 177 (1983).



Western Cape, Prince Albert div., Prince Albert Road railway station, 2 200 ft, xii 1905, Bolus 11989 (BOL, holo.; PRE, iso.).






Bolus 11530 (BOL; K); Wilman 2629 (K); Shearing 124 (PRE); Thode A584 (PRE); Acocks 17129 (PRE).