Dimorphotheca fruticosa (L.) DC.

Prodr. 6: 71 (1838) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Procumbent perennial, to c. 40 cm high, widely spreading. Leaves obovate, to c. 70 mm long, 25 mm wide, rather thick-textured, glandular-scabrous, margins entire to shallowly toothed or crenate. Capitula borne singly on glandular peduncles to c. 30 cm long. Involucre c. 10–15 mm long with a single series of c. 12–15 acute, narrow-elliptic, glandular-scabrous bracts. Ligulate florets about as many as bracts, c. 30–45 mm long, mainly white above, usually mauve proximally, purplish beneath; disc florets are violet when open, nearly black prior to anthesis. Cypselas ellipsoid, 5–7 mm long, 3-angled. Flowers mostly spring to summer, but often a few flowers present year-round.

*CVU, *GipP, *HSF, *OtP, *VVP. Also naturalised SA, Tas. Native to South Africa. Commonly grown as a hardy rockery or border plant; recorded as spreading from domestic gardens into surrounding bushland near Hurstbridge (an outer north-eastern Melbourne suburb), weedy coastal site at Black Rock, and weedy banks along the Yarra River and Moonee Ponds Creek in Melbourne.

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2015-06-23
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-09-22
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Dimorphotheca fruticosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Dimorphotheca fruticosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

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South Australia