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Genus Dimorphotheca Family Asteraceae

Description: Annual herbs, ± pubescent with glandular and non-glandular hairs.

Leaves alternate, entire to pinnatifid, flat.

Heads terminal, pedunculate, solitary, broad-campanulate; involucral bracts free, linear to lanceolate, herbaceous, in 1 row, subequal; receptacle flat, naked. Ray florets female, in 1 row, ligulate, fertile; style filiform, glabrous, with short obtuse branches. Disc florets bisexual, fertile or the inner ones sterile, tubular, 5-merous; anthers sagittate at the base, apical appendages ± ovate; fertile style branches short, obtuse, each with a tuft of hairs.

Ray achenes obscurely 3-angled, wrinkled or tuberculate, glabrous; disc achenes flattened, broad-winged, obovate to circular, smooth, glabrous, with a thickened margin; pappus absent.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 20 species, southern Africa. Australia: 2 species (naturalized).

Text by J. A. Scott; updated Louisa Murray 2015
Taxon concept:

Taxa not yet included in identification key
Dimorphotheca pluvialis


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