Origin of name:

in = in, within, among
ornatus = equipped, adorned

Diagnostic characters:

Compact inflorescence on long stalk
Grey hairy leaves
Medium-sized heads
Yellow bracts


Perennial herb, stock slender, woody, stem solitary, erect to c. 500 mm, simple, slender, white-felted. Leaves mostly radical, up to 150 x 10 mm, linear-lanceolate, thin, apex acuminate, base tapered, flat, petiole-like, upper surface scabridulous, often lightly cobwebbed, lower thinly greyish-white felted, triplinerved, side veins invisible, cauline leaves similar but sessile, broad-based, clasping, rapidly passing into distant bracts. Heads homogamous, narrowly campanulate, c. 4 x 2.5 mm, many in compact cymose clusters arranged in a dense flat-topped corymbose panicle 20�30 mm across. Involucral bracts in c. 4 series, graded, loosely imbricate, woolly at base, inner equaling flowers, obtuse, pellucid, light golden-brown, not radiating. Receptacle with fimbrils a little longer than the ovaries. Flowers 9�13. Achenes 0.75 mm long, glabrous. Pappus bristles many, scabrid, bases cohering by patent cilia, lightly fused as well.

Flowering in December and January.


Known only from Mpendhle, Underberg and Alfred districts in KwaZulu-Natal, where it grows in damp or marshy grassland, often on steep slopes, 1 800 to 2 100 m.

Grassland Biome.



Helichrysum inornatum Hilliard & Burtt in Notes R. bot. Gdn Edinb. 34: 81 (1975); Hilliard, Compositae in Natal 181 (1977).



KwaZulu-Natal, Alfred distr., Ngeli Mtn, SE. end, c. 1 800 m, Hilliard & Burtt 5766 (NU, holo.; E; K; S, iso.).






Hilliard & Burtt 7888 (E; K; NU; PRE; S); Wright 378 (E; K; NU).