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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/20/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 6/20/2013)
Genus Gerbera L.
PlaceOfPublication Opera Varia (Soulsby no. 9) 247. 1758, nom. cons.
Note TYPE: G. linnaei Cass., Dict. Sci. Nat. 18: 460. 1820. "Gerberia." (= Arnica gerbera L.), typ. cons.
Description Rosette herbs with bracteate or ebracteate flowering stems. Basal leaves lanceolate, ovate or lyrately parted, usually pubescent on both surfaces, petiolate. Heads radiate (Panama), solitary; involucre turbinate or campanulate, of several series of imbricate bracts, the outer series usually dorsally pubescent; florets of the usually single outer series female, the corolla bilabiate with a long, 3-dentate ligule and 2 filiform inner segments, staminodes present (or functional stamens, if the heads are homogamous); inner disc florets perfect, the corollas bilabiate, shorter than those of the outer series, the anthers with long, lacerate basal appendages, the style branches linear, slightly flattened, obtuse. Achenes with a short beak or truncate, slightly flattened, ribbed, glabrous or with strigose or villous pubescence; pappus of abundant, setose or capillary bristles.
Habit herbs
Note Not only is the nomenclature of Gerbera confused, but the generic limits of the genus are still unclear. Jeffrey (1967: 211-214) discussed the alternative circumscriptions of the genus and what he considers to be natural groupings of species within the complex. It should be noted that because of the subsequent conservation of the name Gerbera the author of the genus and the type given by Jeffrey (different from above) are now incorrect. Since Gerbera is introduced and only cultivated in Panama, complete synonymy, given by Jeffrey, is not repeated.
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