Origin of name:

The joyous epithet commemorates the provenance of the type specimen.

Diagnostic characters:

Large spathulate leaves
Bracts white
Compact to branched inflorescence


Annual herb, branching from the base, stems erect or decumbent, 100�250 mm long, loosely branched, thinly white-woolly, distantly leafy. Leaves mostly 8�30 x 5�15 mm, smallest under the heads, elliptic, obovate or oblanceolate, obtuse or acute, mucronate, base half-clasping, both surfaces greyish-white woolly-cobwebby. Heads heterogamous, campanulate, 3.5�4 x 2.5 mm, mostly crowded in terminal cymose panicles, subterminal heads sometimes solitary or 2�3 at the tips of nude branchlets up to 30 mm long. Involucral bracts in c. 5 series, graded, outer pellucid, pale straw-coloured, backs woolly, inner 2 series subequal, about equaling the flowers, tips obtuse, opaque snow-white, scarcely radiating. Receptacle nearly smooth. Flowers c. 35�41, 10�14 female, 24�29 homogamous. Achenes 0.75 mm long with myxogenic hairs. Pappus bristles many, equaling corolla, tips scabrid, bases nude, not cohering.

Flowering between September and November.


Recorded only from Namaqualand, near Lekkersing and Doornrivier.

Succulent Karoo Biome.



Helichrysum jubilatum Hilliard in Flora of southern Africa 33,7 (2): 179 (1983).



Cape, Namaqualand div., Richtersveld, c. 5 miles E. of Lekkersing on road to Stinkfontein, kloof in hill south of the road, annual, disc whitish, 7 xi 1962, Nordenstam 1823 (S, holo.; E, iso.).






Herre STE 12205 (STE); Nordenstam 1823 (S; E).