Origin of name:
After Maurice Evans, pioneer collector in the KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg.
Mat-formingGrey woolly plantMedium sized heads in compact inflorescenceBright yellow bracts
A mat-forming perennial herb, main stems up to 4 mm diam., older parts nude, younger densely clothed in greyish-white silky-woolly indumentum, stoloniferous, giving rise to numerous dwarf branches with closely rosetted leaves, flowering stems lateral, c. 30�50 mm long, leafy. Leaves spathulate-obovate, up to 45 x 15 mm, 3�5-nerved, apex rounded, base broad, half-clasping, both surfaces closely greyish-white woolly-felted, the upper surface sometimes merely cobwebby (but glandular) with age. Heads homogamous, c. 6�9 mm long, 3 mm across, subcylindric, many in a globose terminal cluster 20�30 mm across, their bases felted together with grey wool. Involucral bracts in c. 4 series, subequal, very loosely imbricate, about equaling the flowers, spreading at the top but not radiating, glossy, bright canary-yellow, the outermost sometimes brownish. Receptacle with pit margins slightly produced. Flowers 4�6, yellow. Achenes c. 1.5 mm, ellipsoid, obscurely ribbed, glabrous. Pappus bristles many, slightly flattened, tips subplumose, bases cohering lightly by patent cilia.
Flowering from March to July.
Lesotho and KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg, on the old Katberg Pass, on the road from Cathcart to Seymour, about 20 km NW of Gaika's Kop.
Helichrysum evansii Hilliard in Notes R. Bot. Gdn. Edinb. 43: 198 (1989).
Lectotype: KwaZulu-Natal, Drakensberg, summit Mont aux Sources, 11 000 ft, March 1898, Evans 742 (BOL, K, NH, PRE, isolecto.).
Helichrysum alticolum Bolus var. montana Bolus in Trans. S. Afr. Phil. Soc. 18: 386 (1907); Moeser in Bot. Jahrb. 44: 250 (1910); Hilliard, Compositae in Natal, 161 (1977).
Phillipson 822; Marriott PRE22628.