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Genus: Chrysocoma

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid II > Family: Asteraceae > Tribe: Astereae

A total of 21 species, all found in southern Africa.  

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa - an online checklist (SANBI) and Flora of Mozambique.

Chrysocoma acicularis


Chrysocoma candelabrum


Chrysocoma cernua


Chrysocoma ciliata (Bitterbush)

[= Chrysocoma tenuifolia]

Bitterbos, Beesbossie, Bitterkaroo, Donkiebos, Kaalsiektebos [Afrikaans]

See Namaqualand wildflowers (revised ed.) by Annelise le Roux & Ted Schelpe p. 168; Nieuwoudtville wildflowers by John Manning & Peter Goldblatt p. 170; West Coast wild flowers by John Manning & Peter Goldblatt p. 200; Eastern Cape wild flowers by John Manning, Auriol Batten & Hertha Bokelmann p. 284; Karoo wildflowers by David Shearing & Katryn van Heerden p. 172; Cederberg wild flowers by Gretel van Rooyen & Hester Steyn p. 206.

Chrysocoma coma-aurea

See Southern Overberg wild flowers by Penny Mustart et al. p. 232.

Chrysocoma esterhuyseniae


Chrysocoma flava


Chrysocoma hantamensis


Chrysocoma longifolia

Beesbos, Bitterbos [Afrikaans]

See Cederberg wild flowers by Gretel van Rooyen & Hester Steyn p. 206.

Chrysocoma microphylla


Chrysocoma mozambicensis


Chrysocoma oblongifolia (Bitter Karoo Bush)

Bitterkaroobossie, Basterbeesbossie [Afrikaans]; sehalahala [South Sotho]

See KwaZulu-Natal wild flowers by Elsa Pooley p. 310; Nieuwoudtville wildflowers by John Manning & Peter Goldblatt p. 170.

Chrysocoma obtusata


Chrysocoma puberula


Chrysocoma rigidula


Chrysocoma schlechteri


Chrysocoma sparsifolia


Chrysocoma strigosa


Chrysocoma tomentosa


Chrysocoma tridentata


Chrysocoma valida



  • Bayer, E. 1981. Revision der gattung Chrysocoma L. (Asteraceae - Astereae). Mitteilungen der Botanischen Staatssammlung München 17: 259-392.


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