Origin of name:

grandi = large
bracteatum = bracts

Diagnostic characters:

Large heads
Compact inflorescence
White bracts


Tufted perennial herb, stock stout (up to 10 mm diam.), woody, crowned with several leaf rosettes, flowering stems terminal, solitary, up to 200 mm high grey-woolly, leafy. Radical leaves up to 120 x 4 mm, cauline leaves much smaller, linear-lanceolate, apex acute, uppermost tipped with a white scale, base broad, clasping, glabrous above, silvery silky-woolly-felted below, striate from the strongly raised parallel veins, margins slightly involute. Heads homogamous, campanulate, 8�10 mm long, 18�20 mm across the fully radiating bracts, several clustered at the stem apex. Involucral bracts in c. 12 series, loosely imbricate, inner subequal, much exceeding the flowers, acute to acuminate, snow-white. Receptacle shortly honeycombed. Flowers 51�89, yellow. Achenes 1.5 mm, elliptic, with myxogenic duplex hairs. Pappus bristles many, equaling corolla, barbellate, bases cohering strongly by patent cilia


Flowering between September and November.


Grows scattered in poor stony grassland. Ranges from the Mont aux Sources area in NW. KwaZulu-Natal along the face of the Drakensberg and in the more elevated parts of KwaZulu-Natal and the Transkei to the Amatola Mountains, Katberg and Boschberg in the E. Cape. Relatively common in the KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg between c. 1 800 and 2 600 m, but also recorded from the top of Swartkop (c. 1 350 m) overlooking Pietermaritzburg.

Grassland Biome.


Sometimes forming conspicuous white patches of flowers in the veld.




Helichrysum grandibracteatum M. D. Henderson in Bothalia 6: 422 (1954); Hilliard, Compositae in Natal 219 (1977).



KwaZulu-Natal, Bergville distr., Cathedral Peak Forest Research Stn., Killick 1149 (PRE, holo. K; NH, iso.).






Hilliard 5177 (E; K; MO; NU; S); Hilliard & Burtt 10932 (E; K; NU); Wright 1048 (E; MO; NU).