Origin of name:

saxicola = growing among rocks

Diagnostic characters:

Solitary heads


Cushion-forming dwarf shrublet 30�50 mm high, old main stem up to c. 5 mm diam., gnarled, main branches prostrate, rooting, giving rise to innumerable tightly congested erect or ascending branchlets, closely leafy throughout. Leaves closely imbricate, 1�3 x 0.75�1.5 mm, elliptic, obtuse, base broad, clasping, both surfaces thickly greyish-white woolly-felted. Heads homogamous, campanulate, c. 5 x 4 mm, 7 mm across the radiating bracts, solitary, sessile at the branchlet tips. Involucral bracts in 5 series, graded, loosely imbricate, outer obtuse, whitish, webbed together with wool, tips of inner exceeding flowers, elliptic-oblong, obtuse, opaque snow-white. Receptacle with flattened tubercles. Flowers c. 22�24, yellow, the outermost tipped red. Achenes 1.25 mm long, with myxogenic duplex hairs. Pappus bristles many, equaling corolla, tips barbellate, shaft scabrid, bases not cohering.


In full flower in January.


Grows in rock crevices, 1 500 to 2 000 m. Recorded only from the top of Swartberg in Prince Albert and Oudtshoorn divisions.

Fynbos Biome.


Closely allied to H. sessile and H. archeri but distinguished from both by its shorter and relatively broader leaves and by its blunter involucral bracts.




Helichrysum saxicola Hilliard in Flora of southern Africa 33,7 (2): 190 (1983).



Cape, Prince Albert div., Swartberg, between Kliphuisvlei and Plaatsberg, 6500 ft, Jan. 1954, Taylor 1095 (SAM, holo.)






Pocock 62 (BOL; PRE); Esterhuysen 4533 (BOL); Stokoe 9081 (BOL); Stokoe 6772 (BOL); Esterhuysen 29567 (BOL); Stokoe SAM 62955 (SAM)