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2016-03-30 06:00
Helichrysum oligopappum populations are declining as a direct result of habitat transformation

Helichrysum oligopappum populations are declining as a direct result of habitat transformation

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Helichrysum oligopappum, classified vulnerable, is a perennial herb found in Noodsberg, Mooi River, Karkloof and Mariondale. Growing in poor or stony grasslands, Helichrysum oligopappum populations are declining as a direct result of habitat transformation.
Forest plantations, agricultural development, human settlements and invasive plants are the major threats to this species, which will continue declining as its natural habitats deteriorate. The plant grows in bunches with vegetative branches that are dwarfed and massed on the crown. The leaves are in a rosette and the flowering stems are several and silky-silvery are similar but much shorter and decreasing rapidly in size upwards. Flower heads are clustered and the bases of the individual heads which have silky-woolly hairs.
The flowers are not radiating, the outer tips are reddish-brown and the inner tips bright canary yellow. Flowers are 10-13, yellow in colour and are known to flower from February.

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