Origin of name:

sub = somewhat not complete.
falcatus = curved like a sickle, falcate

Diagnostic characters:

Long linear leaves, bicoloured, margins rolled under
Compact flower heads on short leafy stalks


Mat-forming perennial herb, main stems branching, prostrate, rooting, producing numerous congested leaf rosettes, flowering stems terminal, 10-200 mm long, simple, distantly leafy upwards. Leaves 30-60 x 2-7 mm, generally narrowly lanceolate, rarely linear, often conduplicate and slightly falcate, apex acute, base broad, clasping, indumentum smooth, sericeous, stripping like tissue-paper, upper surface green drying grey, lower silvery white. Heads heterogamous, cylindric, c. 4 x 3 mm, many webbed together in a congested terminal cluster 15-20 mm across. Involucral bracts in c. 3 series, subequal, loosely imbricate, equaling the flowers, translucent, outer brownish, all tipped bright canary-yellow, obtuse, not radiating. Receptacle shortly honeycombed. Flowers c. 10-17, 2-4 female, 7-14 homogamous, yellow. Achenes 0.75mm long, with myxogenic duplex hairs. Pappus bristles 3-5, tips shortly plumose, bright yellow, shaft nude, bases not cohering.

Flowering between January and March.


Grows on steep stony mountain slopes and tops, often in large colonies. Recorded along the KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg from the headwaters of the Umzimkulu (Mashai Pass and Wilson's Cave area) and Sani Pass, all in Underberg district, to Mont aux Sources, Bergville district, c. 2 100 to 3 200 m.

Grassland Biome.



Helichrysum subfalcatum Hilliard in Notes R. bot. Gdn Edinb. 32: 361 (1973), Compositae in Natal 163 (1977).



KwaZulu-Natal, Estcourt distr., Highmoor Forest Reserve, spur running E. from Giant's Castle, c. 8000 ft., Hilliard 4809 (NU, holo.; E, iso.).






Hilliard 4815 (E; K; NU; PRE); Schelpe 1387 (NU); Wright 383 (E; K; M; NU; S); Killick & Vahrmeijer 3733 (PRE).