Origin of name:

fourcadei = after George Henri Fourcade (1866-1948) a forester in southern Cape, in charge of the Forest Herbarium in Knysna in 1882.

Diagnostic characters:

Small silvery spathulate leaves
Solitary capitula
Reddish-brown bracts


Twiggy shrub, height unknown, but probably dwarf, branchlets rigid, closely appressed silvery-grey woolly, leafy. Leaves 3-9 x 1-3 mm, spathulate, apex obtuse, uppermost small leaves subacute, mucronate, recurved, base much narrowed, very shortly decurrent, webbed to the stems, both surfaces silvery-grey felted with a papery surface. Heads homogamous, turbinate-cylindric, c. 6 x 4 mm, solitary or 2-3 loosely arranged at the branchlet tips. Involucral bracts in c. 8 series, graded, imbricate, backs woolly, reddish above the stereome, tips reddish brown, obtuse or subacute, squarrose. Receptacle more or less smooth. Flowers c. 20-24. Achenes not seen, ovaries with myxogenic duplex hairs. Pappus bristles many, scabrid, tips barbellate, bases probably cohering strongly by patent cilia.

Flowering in December.


Known from the type collection and one other, from near Aberdeen.

Nama Karoo Biome.


The small silvery spathulate leaves and small more or less solitary heads with reddish brown squarrose involucral bracts combine to make this a very distinctive species.




Helichrysum fourcadei Hilliard in Flora of southern Africa 33,7 (2): 131 (1983).



Western Cape, Uniondale div., 19 miles from Uniondale on Willowmore road, Karoo S. of Olifants River, 29 xi 1942, Fourcade 5848 (BOL, holo.; NBG, iso.).






Maguire 737 (NBG).