Origin of name:

glomeratus /-a/-um = clustered in rounded heads

Diagnostic characters:

Compact branched flower heads
Yellow bracts
Very short inflorescence stalk
Grey hairy leaves pressed to stems


A rhizomatous perennial herb, stems solitary or 2 to 3 together, erect to c. 450 mm, commonly simple, rarely forking, loosely grey-cottony, densely leafy. Radical leaves (seldom represented in herbaria) rosetted, spreading, up to 30 x 10 mm, lanceolate, apex acute to very acute, base broad, half-clasping, both surfaces enveloped in silvery silky, rather 'stringy' indumentum, rarely woolly-felted; cauline leaves similar but smaller (up to 20 x 8 mm), not decreasing in size upwards, erect, closely imbricate. Heads homogamous, cylindric, 3-4 x 1-1.5 mm, very many in congested, roundish, corymbose clusters matted together with wool at the base, these in turn congested (but not matted) in a flattish corymbose cyme 20-50 mm across. Involucral bracts in c. 4 series, graded, imbricate, outer brownish, inner tipped bright canary-yellow, about equaling flowers, not radiating, translucent or sub-opaque. Receptacle with pit margins slightly produced. Flowers 5-6, yellow. Achenes not seen, ovaries glabrous. Pappus bristles c. 6, tips shortly plumose, bases nude, not cohering.

Flowering between February and May, but mainly in March and April.


Often in large colonies in open grassland. From Lydenburg in the E. highlands of Mpumalanga south to the Free State around Harrismith and Witsieshoek, the Midlands and Uplands of KwaZulu-Natal, East Griqualand and the Transkei to the Amatola Mountains in the E. Cape.

Grassland Biome.



Helichrysum glomeratum Klatt in Bull. Herbarium Boissier 4: 460 (1896); Moeser in Bot. Jb. 44: 249 (1910); Hilliard, Compositae in Natal 159 (1977).



Lectotype: KwaZulu-Natal, East Griqualand, grassy, stony places on Malowe Mt, 4500 ft, Tyson 740 (Z; BM; BOL; K; SAM; UPS, isolecto.).






Hilliard & Burtt 6549 (E; K; MO; NU; PRE); Wright 137 (E; M; NU).