Common name: Treasure Flower
Gazania linearis (Thunb.) Druce APNI*
Description: Stems present and sometimes woody at base.
Leaves mostly basal; blades either linear to lanceolate and not lobed, 10––40 cm long, 6–10 mm wide, or oblanceolate to oblong and pinnately lobed, 10–20 cm long, 25–50 mm wide, or both present on the plant; bases usually attenuate, margins usually entire, sometimes ± prickly, revolute, midveins prominent, undersurface white-hairy, upper surface glabrate to arachnose.
Flower heads 3.5–8 cm diam. (including rays). Peduncles scapiform, 6–35 cm. Involucral bracts: outer lanceolate, margins prickly-ciliate; the inner with margins undulate, ciliate, with ± submarginal dark stripe. Ray florets 13–18; corolla laminae yellow or orange, usually each with dark abaxial stripe and adaxial basal blotch or spot, 20–42 mm long × 10 mm wide.
Achenes1–2 mm long; pappus with 7–8 scales, 3–4 mm long.
Flowering: Spring through Summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Native of S Afr.
Weed of waste areas and roadsides.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *ST, *CWS, *SWS
Other Australian states: Vic. W.A.
Forms large clumps and becomes invasive quickly.
Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Based on Flora of North America Vol. 19, 20 and 21 Page 196 and herbarium specimens.
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