Origin of name:
Large leaves with petioleLarge inflorescences, branched on long stalkBrownish bracts
Perennial herb, stock slender (c. 4 mm diam.), probably rhizomatous, flowering stem erect to c. 750 mm, solitary or paired, simple, glandular-hairy, thinly woolly as well, leafy in lower part, becoming pedunculoid upwards. Radical leaves few, 130�250 x 25�50 mm, roughly half the length petiolar, blade broadly elliptic, apex acute, base suddenly then gradually narrowed into the petiolar part, expanded and clasping below, both surfaces glandular-pilose, lower thinly white-woolly as well, 5-nerved; cauline leaves similar, rapidly becoming smaller, narrower and sessile, and passing into a few distant, lanceolate-acuminate bracts. Heads homogamous, cylindric-campanulate, 4 x 3 mm, many in crowded clusters webbed together with wool, forming a very compact corymbose compound head. Involucral bracts in c. 4 series, subequal, closely imbricate, equaling the flowers, not radiating, subpellucid, straw-coloured or pale golden-brown. Receptacle with large fimbrils exceeding the ovaries. Flowers c. 9�13. Achenes not seen, ovaries glabrous. Pappus bristles many, scabrid, bases cohering by patent cilia, sometimes light fusion as well.
Flowering between November and February.
On moist rocky grassy or scrubby slopes. Recorded only from Butha Buthe district in Lesotho and Mpendhle and Underberg districts in KwaZulu-Natal, between c. 1 800 and 3 000 m above sea level.
Easily overlooked, despite its size, because it somewhat resembles the common H. nudifolium; readily distinguished, however, by its soft-textured leaves and small heads with brownish involucral bracts.
Helichrysum qathlambanum Hilliard in Notes R. bot. Gdn Edinb. 40: 264 (1982).
KwaZulu-Natal, Underberg distr., Garden Castle Forest Reserve, valley beyond Forester's house, in scrub on steep stony slope, 1 950 m, 4 xi 1980, Hilliard & Burtt 13783 (NU, holo.; E, iso.).
Coetzee 430(NBG); Lubke 246 (PRE).