Common name: Cape Daisy
Osteospermum ecklonis (DC.) Norl. APNI*
Synonyms: Dimorphotheca ecklonis DC. APNI*
Description: Herbaceous shrub or subshrub to 1 m high, glandular-pubescent, becoming woody with age.
Leaves prickly to coarsely toothed; lower leaves elliptic to oblanceolate, 5–8 cm long, 10–20 mm wide, upper leaves decreasing in size to 2–3 cm long, 3–5 mm wide and becoming ± entire, ± sessile and ± stem clasping, apex acute, base attenuate.
Heads solitary or in loose corymbs, 15–20 mm diam.; involucral bracts 8–15 mm long, brownish with scarious margins. Ray florets 12–21, ligules 15–30 mm long, white with blue to violet on lower surface. Disc florets azure blue.
Achenes c. 7 mm long, acutely 3-angled with very narrow wings.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows as a garden escape in the Sydney area. Native of S Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *NWS
Other Australian states: *Qld
Text by J. A. Scott & D. W. Hardin, under Dimorphotheca ecklonis; updated Louisa Murray June 2015
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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