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Family: Compositae
Gazania linearis

Citation: Druce, Rep. Botl Soc. Exch. Club Br. Isl. 1916:624 (1917).

Synonymy: Gorteria linearis Thunb., Skrivt. Naturh. Selsk. 4:2, t. 1 (1798); Gazania longiscapa DC., Prod. 6:513 (1837).

Common name: None

Perennial herb with short branched woody rhizome; leaves radical, variable in shape on the one plant, linear and narrowly lanceolate, or pinnatisect with 6-12 lanceolate segments, narrowed and petiole-like towards the expanded sheathing base, 5-18c m long, 3-20 mm wide, erect, tough, glabrous to scabrous and green above, white-tomentose with a prominent mid-vein below.

Peduncles basal, erect, 5-30 cm long, slightly cobwebby, naked or with 1 or 2 minute linear bracts; involucral bracts 1.7-2.5 cm long, connate for almost half their length, long-acuminate above, ciliolate; ligules elliptic, 3-4 cm long, bright-yellow with a black base and usually a green or reddish stripe below; disk florets yellow.

Achenes c. 4 mm long; pappus scales narrowly lanceolate, concealed by hairs of the achene.

Distribution:  An occasional garden escape on roadsides, beach dunes and around towns.

S.Aust.: FR, EA, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE.   Native to South Africa.

Conservation status: naturalised

Flowering time: No flowering time is available

SA Distribution Map based
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specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia

Biology: Local specimens here referred to G. linearis, being derived from horticultural stock, may include hybrids and cultivars, and often have shorter peduncles than recorded by Roessler (1959) for South African material.

Author: Not yet available

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