Origin of name:


Diagnostic characters:

Medium-sized heads
Compact inflorescence
Leaves broad, woolly-hairy
Leaves crowded at the base, flowering stems sparsely hairy


Bushy perennial herb, vegetative twigs congested, thin, woody, erect (?) or spreading, closely leafy, flowering twigs elongate, distantly leafy, all grey-woolly. Leaves mostly 6-13 x 3-6 mm, oblong-ovate, longer and narrower (c. 9-12 x 3 mm) on the flowering twigs, apex rounded, mucronate, base broad, clasping, both surfaces thinly greyish-woolly. Heads heterogamous, campanulate, c. 5 x 3 mm, c. 6-12 in congested terminal clusters surrounded by leaf-like bracts each with a scarious appendage, webbed together with wool. Involucral bracts in c. 4 series, scarcely graded, loosely imbricate, inner slightly shorter than flowers, oblong, tips rounded, straw-yellow, subopaque, minutely radiating, all but these tips loosely enveloped in wool. Receptacle honeycombed. Flowers c. 26-28, 5-7 female, 20-22 homogamous. Achenes 1 mm long, cylindric, with duplex hairs, not myxogenic. Pappus bristles many, scabrid, tips barbellate, bases cohering lightly by patent cilia, some light fusion as well.

Flowering in December and March.


Miss Esterhuysen records 'slopes at foot of shale band' and 'shaly slopes with step ledges, in low bush' between c. 1 500 and 1 800 m.  Endemic to the SW. Cape and recorded from the Cedarberg, Hex River Mountains, Skurfdeberg and Bokkeveld Sneeukop.

Fynbos Biome.


Rarely collected.




Helichrysum catipes (DC.) Harv. in F.C. 3: 223 (1865).



Cape, Cedarberg, Dr�ge 2837 (G-DC, holo.; G; P; S, iso.).



Briosphaera catipes DC., Prodr. 6: 167 (1838).

Helichrysum anaxetonoides Schltr. & Moeser in Bot. Jb. 44: 289 (1910). Type: Klein Namaland, Koude Bokkeveld, Skurfdebergen, Elandsfontein, 1 540 m, Schlechter 10035 (BM; BOL; G; K; PRE; Z, iso.).



Esterhuysen 20951 (BOL; K; M; NBG; PRE); Esterhuysen 30108 (BOL; PRE).