Origin of name:

alsinoides = like the genus Alsine

Diagnostic characters:

Long leaves

Solitary heads

Whitish bracts


Annual herb with a slender taproot, branches 30�150 mm long, many from the crown, slender, prostrate, loosely branched, reddish, loosely woolly, distantly leafy except at the crown and under the heads. Leaves 5�23 x 1�9 mm, spathulate to oblong-spathulate, apex obtuse, base narrowed, half-clasping, margins flat, both surfaces loosely grey-woolly. Heads homogamous or heterogamous, campanulate, c. 3�4 x 2,5 mm, in small leafy clusters at the branch tips. Involucral bracts in 4�5 series, graded, outer lightly webbed with wool to surrounding leaves, inner about equaling flowers, not radiating, tips very obtuse, somewhat concave, semipellucid, whitish to light golden-brown. Receptacle nearly smooth. Flowers 14�38, 0�3 female, 14�37 homogamous. Achenes 0,75 mm long, with myxogenic duplex hairs. Pappus bristles many, equaling corolla, tips scabrid, bases not cohering.


Flowering between July and October.


Probably always in seasonally damp places. Recorded from southernmost Namibia south to Vanrhynsdorp.


Succulent Karoo Biome.


Specimens from north of the Orange River and near Port Nolloth have whitish or pale involucral bracts, only the innermost sometimes tinged light brown; further south, bracts are light golden-brown.




Helichrysum alsinoides DC., Prodr. 6: 169 (1838); Harv. in F.C. 3: 214 (1865); Moeser in Bot. Jb. 44: 296 (1910); Merxm. & Roessl. in Mitt. bot. StSamml., M�nch. 15: 365 (1979).



South Africa, Dr�ge 5811 (G-DC, holo.).



Gnaphalium alsinoides (DC.) Sch. Bip. in Bot. Ztg 3: 169 (1845).



Compton11554 (M; NBG); Esterhuysen 1364 (BOL); Giess 13835 (M; PRE); Merxm�ller & Giess 28601 (M).