Common names:

Geel bergsewejaartjie (A)

Origin of name:

hamulosus = armed with small hooks

Diagnostic characters:

Linear, needle-like leaves white-hairy below, glabrous-glandular above
Leaf tips hooked
Medium-sized heads in sparse or dense corymbs
Straw-coloured bracts


Well-branched ericoid shrublet up to 600 mm tall, old branches nude, rough with old leaf bases, branchlets white-tomentose, closely leafy. Leaves suberect, imbricate, 6-25 x 1 mm, linear, apex acute, mucronate, hooked, base broad, sessile, margins strongly revolute, upper surface glabrous or with a few woolly hairs, lower white-tomentose. Heads homogamous, cylindric, c. 6-7 x 2 mm, many in dense terminal corymbose panicles. Involucral bracts in 5-6 series, graded, imbricate, a little shorter than the flowers, ovate-lanceolate, acute or subacute, straw-coloured, glossy, erect. Receptacle with fimbrils up to half as long as ovaries. Flowers 5-14. Achenes 1 mm long, with myxogenic duplex hairs. Pappus bristles many, nearly equaling corolla, scabrid, bases nude, not cohering.

Flowering from December to March.


Widespread in the dry interior of the Cape, from Kamiesberg. Calvinia, Wuppertal and Worcester degree squares east through the Great and Little Karoo to Hanover, Graaff-Reinet and Oudtshoorn. A constituent of shrub communities.

Fynbos, Succulent Karoo, Nama Karoo and Grassland Biomes.




Helichrysum hamulosum [E. Mey. ex] DC., Prodr. 6: 192 (1838); Harv. in F.C. 3: 249 (1865); Moeser in Bot. Jb. 44: 251 (1910).



South Africa, Dr�ge 932 (G-DC, holo.).






Acocks 18619 (PRE); Bolus 1052 (BM; BOL; NBG; NU); Compton 12907 (NBG); Hilliard & Burtt 10718 (E; K; MO; NU; PRE; S); Schlechter 9908 (BM; BOL; E).