Gerbera ambigua (Cass.) Sch. Bip.

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Gerbera ambigua

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haka Game park, Cleveland Dam

Gerbera ambigua

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haka Game park, Cleveland Dam

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Synonyms: Gerbera discolor Sond.
Gerbera randii S. Moore
Gerbera welwitschii S. Moore
Lasiopus ambiguus Cass.
Common names: Yellow barberton daisy (English) Yellow gerbera (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Perennial herb. Leaves mostly basal, shiny green above, densely covered in white velvet below. Capitula solitary on a long stalk, covered with brownish hairs. Marginal ray-florets and central disk-florets bright yellow. Outside the Flora Zambesiaca area other colour forms do occur.
Notes: Somewhat similar to Haplocarpha scaposa; for the differences see that species.
Derivation of specific name: ambigua: doubtful, of uncertain relationship
Habitat: In (sub)montane grassland, edges of Brachystegia woodland and vlei margins.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania and DRC south to South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Gerbera ambigua
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Gerbera ambigua
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Gerbera ambigua
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Wikipedia: Gerbera ambigua

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Gerbera ambigua., retrieved 24 May 2024

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