Common names:

Isicwe (Z)

Origin of name:

pedunculatum = provided with a penducle

Diagnostic characters:

Large heads
Large compact branched inflorescence
Bicoloured leaves, silky below


Perennial herb, rootstock woody, some silky-brown wool hidden in the axils of the leaf bases, stem solitary, simple, erect to c. 500 mm, white-woolly, leafy below, becoming bracteate upwards. Leaves mostly radical, mostly 80�130 x 20�40 mm, elliptic, apex acute, tapering below to a broad, flat, clasping petiole-like base, upper surface glabrous, lower with a white silky-woolly-felted skin-like indumentum, stem leaves similar but soon sessile, passing rapidly into distant linear-lanceolate acuminate bracts. Heads homogamous, campanulate, c. 7�8 x 6�8 mm, many in a compact or loose terminal corymbose panicle. Involucral bracts in c. 5 series, graded, inner about equaling flowers, loosely imbricate, oblong, loosely woolly below, tips pellucid, subacute, reddish brown, crisped, not radiating. Receptacle with fimbrils exceeding ovaries. Flowers 30�65. Achenes not seen, ovaries glabrous. Pappus bristles many, about equaling corolla, scabrid, bases lightly fused.


Flowering between November and February.


Grows in grassland. Ranges from southern Lesotho to the southern Transkei and Eastern Cape with isolated records from Graaff-Reinet (Cave Mountain) Great Swartberg, Prince Albert div., Uitenhage and Spiegel River, Riversdale.

Grassland, Savanna, Thicket and Nama Karoo Biomes.



Distinguished from H. pilosellum by its larger heads and leaves, glabrous above, silky below.



Helichrysum pedunculatum Hilliard & Burtt in Notes R. bot. Gdn Edinb. 32: 356 (1973).



Cape, Beaufort distr., Kat River valley, 1860, Cooper 415 (E, holo.; BM; K; NH; Z, iso.).



H. pilosellum sensu Less., Syn. Comp. 297 (1832) quoad descr. excl. syn., non (L.f.) Less.

H. pedunculare sensu DC., Prodr. 6: 198 (1838) quoad descr. excl. syn.; Harv. in F.C. 3: 238 (1865) excl. syn. et var.; Moeser in Bot. Jb. 44: 262 (1910); Batten & Bokelmann, Wild Flow. E. Cape Prov. 154 plate 123 (1966), non (L.) DC.



Barker 1159 (NBG); Burchell 7201 (K); Dieterlen 1078 (K; PRE); Galpin 1696 (PRE); Pegler 1322 (BOL; PRE).