Gerbera viridifolia (DC.) Sch. Bip.
subsp. viridifolia

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Gerbera viridifolia subsp. viridifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba Rd nr Chinziwa Scout Camp

Gerbera viridifolia subsp. viridifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kopje Tops, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area

Gerbera viridifolia subsp. viridifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kopje Tops, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area

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Synonyms: Gerbera abyssinica Sch. Bip.
Common names: Blushing daisy (English) White barberton daisy (English)
Status: Native
Perennial herb, up to 45 cm. Leaves basal, pilose when young, often appearing after flowering. Stems erect, not swollen near the apex. Capitula solitary, terminal. Ray florets white, sometimes tinged with red on the outside, spreading widely. See G. piloselloides for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: viridifolia: with green leaves, referring to the fact that the leaves are green on both surfaces (not white beneath)
Habitat: A pyrophytic species, occurring in sub montane grassland, less often in woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 1500 m
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: NE Africa south to South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Saturday 23 February 2013

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 162 - 163. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 95. as Gerbera viridifolia (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 28. as Gerbera natalensis

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 25.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 143, plate 186

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Pages 44 - 47. As Gerbera viridifolia (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 53.

Wild, H. (1972). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 3. Mutisieae. Kirkia 8(2) Pages 202 - 204.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 89.

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Flora of Malawi: Gerbera viridifolia subsp. viridifolia
Flora of Mozambique: Gerbera viridifolia subsp. viridifolia
Flora of Zambia: Gerbera viridifolia subsp. viridifolia

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Gerbera viridifolia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Gerbera viridifolia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Gerbera viridifolia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Gerbera viridifolia
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iNaturalist: Gerbera viridifolia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Gerbera viridifolia
JSTOR Plant Science: Gerbera viridifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Gerbera viridifolia
Plants of the World Online: Gerbera viridifolia
Tropicos: Gerbera viridifolia
Wikipedia: Gerbera viridifolia

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 viridifolia subsp. viridifolia., retrieved 22 May 2024

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