Gazania linearis (Thunb.) Druce


Bot. Soc. Exch. Club Brit. Isles 1916: 624 (1917) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Tufted perennial to 30 cm high; stems very short and branched or absent. Leaves basal, linear to oblanceolate in outline, 5–30 cm long, 3–35 mm wide, entire to pinnatisect with linear to lanceolate segments, green and glabrous to scabrous above, white-tomentose beneath, apex acute, mucronate, base petiole-like, sheathing below, margins recurved to revolute. Capitula 3–7 cm diam.; involucral bracts 1.2–2 cm long, connate for c. half their length, minutely serrate. Ligules 3–4 cm long, bright yellow with a black base, usually with a greenish or reddish stripe below; disc florets yellow. 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).

*CVU, *GipP, *Gold, *HSF, *MuF, *MuM, *OtP, *OtR, *RobP, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Also naturalised SA. Native to South Africa. Occasionally naturalized as a garden-escape in disturbed areas, mostly near habitations or on coastal dunes.

Several specimens held at MEL show characters intermediate between G. linearis and G. rigens. Such plants often grow with one or other of these species and may be the result of in situ hybridization or are naturalised from one of many cultivars grown for ornament.

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: Neville Walsh, 2017-06-26
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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 linearis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Gazania linearis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory