Origin of name:

silvaticus = pertaining to the woods, growing wild

Diagnostic characters:

White bracts
Branched inflorescences with terminal clusters of heads
Medium-sized flowers


Perennial herb up to c. 400 mm high, sparingly branched, branches thinly grey-woolly, leafy particularly above. Leaves c. 15-40 x 1.5-6 mm, slightly smaller upwards, elliptic-lanceolate, apex acute, mucronate, base narrowed, sessile, both surfaces thinly grey-woolly. Heads homogamous, turbinate-campanulate, c. 4 x 4 mm, many in small corymbose panicles terminating the branches. Involucral bracts in c. 5 series, graded, loosely imbricate, inner about equaling flowers, bases silvery, translucent, tips opaque white, acute, not radiating. Receptacle with fimbrils equaling ovaries. Flowers c. 20-30. Achenes 0.5 mm long, glabrous. Pappus bristles many, about equaling corolla, scabridulous, bases cohering strongly by patent cilia, some light fusion as well.

Flowers in June and July; rarely collected.


Growing in open woodland or grassland on sandy soils. Recorded from the Mozambique coastal plain and its extension southwards into northern Zululand (Tongaland).

Savanna Biome.



Helichrysum silvaticum Hilliard in Notes R. Bot. Gdn Edinb. 32: 361 (1973), Compositae in Natal 192 (1977).



KwaZulu- Natal, Ubombo distr., Makatini Flats, Strey 5287 (NU, holo.; PRE iso.).






Gerstner 3467 (BOL, K); Junod 2912 (G).