Gerbera ambigua (Cass.) Sch. Bip.

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Gerbera ambigua

Picture: Bart Wursten
Haka Game park, Cleveland Dam

Gerbera ambigua

Picture: Bart Wursten
Haka Game park, Cleveland Dam

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Synonyms: Gerbera discolor Sond.
Gerbera randii S. Moore
Gerbera welwitschii S. Moore
Lasiopus ambiguus Cass.
Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Perennial herb. Leaves mostly basal, shiny green above, densely covered in white velvet below. Capitula solitary on a long stalk, covered with brownish hairs. Marginal ray-florets and central disk-florets bright yellow. Outside the Flora Zambesiaca area other colour forms do occur.
Type location:
South Africa
Notes: Somewhat similar to Haplocarpha scaposa; for the differences see that species.
Derivation of specific name: ambigua: doubtful, of uncertain relationship
Habitat: In (sub)montane grassland, edges of Brachystegia woodland and vlei margins.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania and DRC south to South Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,N
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 24 April 2012

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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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 30.

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Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Pages 47 - 48.

Shone, D.K. & Drummond, R.B. (1965). Poisonous Plants of Rhodesia Ministry of Agriculture, Rhodesia Pages 12 - 13. as Gerbera discolor (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.

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 102 - 103. (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. (1972). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 3. Mutisieae. Kirkia 8(2) Pages 204 - 205.

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 ambigua
Flora of Mozambique: Gerbera ambigua
Flora of Zimbabwe: Gerbera ambigua

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Gerbera ambigua
African Plant Database: Gerbera ambigua
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Gerbera ambigua
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Gerbera ambigua
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Gerbera ambigua
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Gerbera ambigua
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Gerbera ambigua
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Gerbera ambigua
iNaturalist: Gerbera ambigua
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Gerbera ambigua
JSTOR Plant Science: Gerbera ambigua
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Gerbera ambigua
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Gerbera ambigua
Plants of the World Online: Gerbera ambigua
The Plant List (version 1.1): Gerbera ambigua
Tropicos: Gerbera ambigua
Wikipedia: Gerbera ambigua

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Gerbera ambigua., retrieved 20 November 2019

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