Gazania rigens (L.) Gaertn.

Coast Gazania

Fruct. 2: 451 (1791) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Creeping perennial herb to 30 cm high; stems branched, rooting at nodes. Leaves basal, elliptic to narrow-oblanceolate in outline, 4–12 cm long, 5–17 mm wide, usually entire, sometimes with 1 or 2 pairs of lobes, upper surface green and glabrous to scabrous, lower surface white-tomentose, apex obtuse to acute, base petiole-like, sheathing below, margins recurved to revolute. Capitula 3.5–6 cm diam.; involucral bracts 1.4–2 cm long, connate for c. half their length, smooth; ligules 3–5 cm long, bright orange to deep yellow, usually with a black base marked with a white spot but sometimes wholly yellow or orange, darker at the base; disc florets orange. Cypselas c. 4 mm long, silky-villous with hairs hiding the pappus; pappus scales linear-lanceolate, to c. 5 mm long, acuminate. Flowers most of the year (mainly spring and summer).

*EGL, *GipP, *OtP, *VVP. Also naturalised SA, NSW. Native to South Africa. Occasionally naturalised as a garden-escape in disturbed areas, mostly near habitations or on coastal dunes.

See note after G. linearis.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Asteraceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-11-09
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Gazania
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Gazania rigens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Gazania rigens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales