Origin of name:

outeniquense refers to the Outeniqua Mountains in the Western Cape where the type has been collected

Diagnostic characters:

Medium sized heads
Branched inflorescence on long stalk


Perennial herb or subshrub, branching from the base, stems c. 250 mm tall, thinly greyish-white woolly, leafy, becoming pedunculoid and nude near the heads. Leaves mostly 10�25 x 5�7 mm, elliptic-oblong becoming lanceolate towards the heads and passing rapidly into a few distant bracts, apex obtuse becoming acute in the uppermost leaves, base broad, half-clasping, both surfaces greyish-white woolly, glandular-setose as well. Heads homogamous, campanulate, c. 4 x 3 mm, 5 mm across the radiating bracts, many in small corymbose clusters arranged in a compact corymbose-panicle. Involucral bracts in c. 5 series, outermost short, pale fuscous, others subequal, scarcely exceeding the flowers, tips obtuse, opaque white, slightly crisped. Receptacle with short fimbrils. Flowers c. 20�25. Achenes not seen, ovaries with duplex hairs. Pappus bristles many, equaling corolla, tips barbellate, shaft scabrid, bases with patent cilia cohering strongly.

Flowering in January.


In valley near Joubertina in peaty soil near spring.


Fynbos Biome.


Known only from the type collection. Allied to H. felinum but distinguished by its different habit, woollier leaves, and smaller heads with bracts in fewer series, arranged in a spreading corymbose panicle.




Helichrysum outeniquense Hilliard in Flora of southern Africa 33,7 (2): 192 (1983).



Western Cape, Uniondale div., N. face of Outeniquas near Joubertina, Die Hoek, peaty soil near spring in valley, 15 i 1947, Esterhuysen 13632 (BOL, holo.).






Esterhuysen13632 (BOL)