Origin of name:

calli / calo, = beautiful, charming, lovely. (Greek)

cephalo= head (Greek)

Diagnostic characters:

Bracts pink

Closely branched inflorescence on long stalk


Perennial herb c. 450 mm tall, stock crowned with old fibrous leaf bases, flowering stem solitary, simple, thinly woolly, leafy near base, distantly bracteate upwards. Radical leaves up to 100 x 10 mm, a third to half the length petiolar, blade elliptic, tapering above and below, strongly triplinerved, petiole thin, wiry, base expanded, clasping, both leaf surfaces harshly pubescent; cauline leaves linear-lanceolate, apex acute to acuminate, base broad, clasping, margins strongly revolute, harshly pubescent, Heads homogamous, subglobose, c. 5 x 5 mm, many in a spreading flat-topped corymbose panicle. Involucral bracts in c. 5 series, graded, loosely imbricate, somewhat convex, tips rounded, crisped, erose, opaque white or whole head suffused pink, equaling flowers, not radiating. Receptacle with fimbrils exceeding ovaries. Flowers c. 22�29, yellow or pink. Achenes not seen, ovaries glabrous. Pappus bristles many, equaling corolla, scabrid, bases lightly fused, also cohering by patent cilia.


Flowering in September and October.


Recorded only from the mountains around Barberton, Mpumalanga.


Grassland Biome.


Very closely allied to H. krebsianum but distinguished by its flowering stems only distantly bracteate upwards and by its crisped involucral bracts.




Helichrysum calocephalum Klatt in Bull. Herbarium Boissier 4: 834 (1896); Moeser in Bot. Jb. 44: 267 (1910).



Mpumalanga, near Barberton, Saddleback Mtn, Galpin 608 (Z, holo.; BOL; K; PRE, iso.).






Bolus7808 (BOL; PRE); Galpin 445 (PRE).