Helichrysum aureum (Houtt.) Merr. var. candidum Hilliard
(name current 2016)
Growth form: Herb
Restricted distribution within southern Africa
Found within protected areas
Swaziland distribution: highveld only
Red Data Book Information:
Distribution: Forbes Reef, Mbabane, Gobolo
Known from several varieties in Swaziland. Helichrysum aureum var. aureum was collected by Compton in the Lebombo. H. aureum var. monocephalum was collected by Braun in Malolotja. Swaziland seems to be an ecotone for varieties of this species.
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Helichrysum monticolum - Herbaceous, slightly sticky. Rootstock woody, stems usually unbranched, up to 30 cm high, with basal rosette of oval leaves and numerous erect stem-leaves; thinly grey-woolly throughout. Stem-leaves lanceshaped, blunt, up to 6 cm long x 1 cm wide. Flower-head terminal, usually solitary. Involucral bracts shining white, c 1,5 cm long, much exceeding florets, scarcely pointed.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.