Common name: Treasure Flower
Gazania rigens (L.) Gaertn. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb with stems decumbent, leafy, branched.
Leaves cauline, clustered, elliptic to narrow-oblanceolate, irregularly pinnatisect, 4–10 cm long, 5–40 mm wide, narrowing towards sheathing base, upper surface green and glabrous, lower surface white-tomentose with green midrib.
Peduncles axillary, erect, 8–20 cm long, glabrous; heads 10–15 mm diam. Ray florets elliptic to oblanceolate, 3–5 cm long, bright orange to deep yellow with a black base marked with a white dot; disc florets orange-yellow.
Achenes c. 4 mm long; pappus scales lanceolate 2–3 mm long, obscured by villous hairs covering achene.
Flowering: most of year.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on coastal dunes and roadsides, from southern Sydney to Gosford. Native of S Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *SWP, *SFWP
Other Australian states: *S.A.
Text by L. Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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