Gazania krebsiana Less.
subsp. serrulata (DC.) Roessler

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Gazania krebsiana subsp. serrulata

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Cnr Lanner Avenue/Teviotdale Rd, Borrowdale Common, Harare

Gazania krebsiana subsp. serrulata

Photo: Mark Hyde
Cnr Lanner Avenue/Teviotdale Rd, Borrowdale Common, Harare

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Synonyms: Gazania schinzii O. Hoffm.
Gazania serrulata DC.
Common names:
Status: Native
Low-growing perennial herb, with milky latex. Leaves densely crowded at the base, linear or linear-lanceolate, markedly discolorous, upper surface green with a sunken midvein, sparsely to densely bristly, lower surface white-tomentose except for the green midvein.
Notes: Unusually, outside of the tribe Lactucae, this species produces milky latex.
Derivation of specific name: krebsiana: after Georg Ludwig Engelhard Krebs (1792-1844), a German emigrant to South Africa, apothecary, naturalist, chemist, botanist and botanical collector; serrulata: minutely serrate, toothed like a saw-blade.
Habitat: An attractive species of grassland and seasonally wet ground, often appearing early in Spring in burnt areas.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Jul - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini and South Africa.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 8 September 2015

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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 28. as Gazania krebsiana arctotoides

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Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 332 - 333. As Gazania krebsiana (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Gazania krebsiana subsp. serrulata
Flora of Mozambique: Gazania krebsiana subsp. serrulata
Flora of Zambia: Gazania krebsiana subsp. serrulata
Flora of Zimbabwe: Gazania krebsiana subsp. serrulata

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Gazania krebsiana
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Gazania krebsiana subsp. serrulata., retrieved 15 July 2024

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