Gerbera daisies

Order:   Asterales

Family: Asteraceae

Species:           Gerbera ambigua

                        Gerbera jamesonii  (Barberton daisy)

                        Gerbera piloselloides

                        Gerbera viridifolia var. viridifolia

What I like most about the Gerberas is their colour variation. It is always important to observe the leaves very thorough.

Gerbera ambigua

The brilliant white Gerbera ambigua was very difficult to photograph, as I don’t have fancy lenses. I have found it in only two locations on the farm. The upper side of the leaves are green with a velvety white underside.

  

This particular plant is very strong and produces flowers throughout the year, although I have found that the flowers are in a better condition in summer. Both plants that I have encountered grow fully exposed.

Gerbera jamesonii

And then there is Gerbera jamesonii. The red variations are just as difficult to photograph. The pictures always look over exposed. I usually encounter them in semi-shade, under trees.

The upper surface of the leaves is dark green, the lower surface is waxy green. The leaves have very ragged edges, distinguishing it from similar species.

The colours vary from white to dark red with all variations in between. The most prominent colour is orange-red and I haven’t found white ones yet.

      

The pappus is creamy white to dirty white.

The pink variation is the only plant that I have found so far, and is quite different from the above-mentioned colour variations.

 

Hybridization between G. jamesonii and G. viridifolia has led to the cut-flower industry of Gerberas.

Gerbera piloselloides

The Gerbera piloselloides is a very inconspicuous species, and it is only when you photograph it that its magnificence shows. It almost seems as if the flower never opens completely. The outer petals are often tinged with pink.

    

Gerbera viridifolia var. viridifolia

The Gerbera viridifolia var. viridifolia also show great variation in colour. From white to pink to maroon. I always see them fully exposed, espesially in rocky areas.

             

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