Diagnostic characters:

Annual plants growing cartwheel-like
Medium sized heads
Pinkish bracts
Leaves crowded below heads, woolly


Annual herb forming small dense mats up to c. 200 mm across, stems many from the crown, well branched, prostrate, rooting, branchlets grey-tomentose, leafy. Leaves 4-10 x 1.5-6 mm, 8-10 x 4-6 mm at the crown, narrowly to broadly spathulate, tips rounded, extreme tip folded and slightly recurved, base broad, clasping, margins flat, both surfaces grey-woolly. Heads homogamous or heterogamous, campanulate, c. 4 x 2 mm, many crowded in small terminal glomerules, closely surrounded by leaves, the innermost leaves webbed to the outer involucral bracts. Involucral bracts in c. 3 series, outermost short, inner subequal, slightly exceeding flowers, tips very acute, slightly recurved, opaque straw-coloured or reddish. Receptacle nearly smooth. Flowers 19-32, 0-3 female, 19-31 homogamous. Achenes 0.75 mm long, with myxogenic duplex hairs. Pappus bristles many, equaling corolla, scabrid, bases scarcely cohering by patent cilia.

Flowers between September and November.


Grows on bare stony ground, and will colonize eroded places and hard gravelly road verges. Recorded from the mountains of the E. Central Cape: Koudeveldberg, Sneeuberg, Compassberg, Renosterberg and Wapadsberg.

Nama Karoo and Grassland Biomes.


Distinguished from H. leontonyx by its congested habit and acute not acuminate, involucral bracts.



Helichrysum tysonii Hilliard in Notes R. bot. Gdn Edinb. 40: 269 (1982).



Eastern Cape, Graaff-Reinet district, Renosterberg above Lootsberg railway halt, c. 1 800 m, farm Blaauwater, 24 xi 1977, Hilliard & Burtt 10626 (NU, holo.; E; K; MO; PRE; S, iso.).






Acocks 16514 (PRE); Acocks 24580 (PRE); Bolus 509 (BOL, K); Hilliard & Burtt 10618 (E; K; M; NU; S); Tyson 417 (PRE).