Arctotis

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Annual or perennial herbs or subshrubs, white-tomentose, sometimes also with glandular hairs. Leaves in a basal rosette and/or cauline and alternate, entire to pinnatisect. Capitula radiate, axillary or terminal, solitary, pedunculate; involucral bracts in several series, imbricate, unequal, herbaceous with scarious margins; receptacle flat or slightly convex, naked, pitted. Ray florets female, 1-seriate, ligulate; disc florets bisexual, tubular; corolla campanulate, deeply 5-lobed; anthers obtuse to sagittate at base, with an ovate apical appendage; style with very short obtuse branches, smooth or papillose. Cypselas obovoid-obconical, winged or ribbed mainly on dorsal surface, pilose or glabrous; pappus 1- or 2-seriate, of large or small scarious scales, or absent.

About 50 species, from southern Africa; 1 species naturalised in Australia.

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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
Higher taxa
genus Arctotis
Subordinate taxa