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Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Divisio: Magnoliophyta
Classis: Magnoliopsida
Ordo: Asterales
Familia: Asteraceae
Subfamilia: Cichorioideae
Tribus: Arctoteae
Genus: Gazania
Species: G. heterochaeta - G. krebsiana - G. linearis - G. longiscapa - G. pinnata - G. rigens - G. splendens -


Gazania Gaertn.

Vernacular Names
Nederlands: Middaggoud

Gazania (pronounced /ɡəˈzeɪniə/)[1] is a genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae, native to Southern Africa.[2] It is often planted as drought-tolerant ground cover.


Species include:[3]

* Gazania caespitosa Bolus
* Gazania ciliaris DC.
* Gazania heterochaeta DC.
* Gazania jurineifolia DC.
* Gazania krebsiana Less. (= Gazania pavonia) - Terracotta Gazania
* Gazania lichtensteinii Less..
* Gazania leiopoda (DC.) Roessler
* Gazania linearis (Thunb.) Druce - Treasureflower
* Gazania maritima Levyns
* Gazania othonnites (Thunb.) Less.
* Gazania pectinata (Thunb.) Hartw.
* Gazania rigens (L.) Gaertn. (= Gazania × splendens)
* Gazania rigida (Burm.f.) Roessler
* Gazania schenckii O.Hoffm.
* Gazania serrata DC.
* Gazania tenuifolia Less.
* Gazania thermalis Dinter

Taxonomic history

The genus was first formally described by German botanist Joseph Gaertner in the second volume of his major work De Fructibus et Seminibus Plantarum in 1791.[4] Gaertner named the genus after Theodorus Gaza, a 15th-century translator of the works of Theophrastus.[5]

Gazania is a member of the tribe Arctotideae and the subtribe Gorteriinae. Within the subtribe it is close to Hirpicium and Gorteria.[6] Many of the species of Gazania are hard to distinguish and the number of species assigned to the genus has varied widely from one author to another.

In 1959, Helmut Roessler published what he considered to be a preliminary revision of Gazania. At that time, he recognized 16 species.[7] Roessler published some amendments to his treatment in 1973.[8]

In 2009, a phylogeny of the genus was published. It was based on molecular phylogenetic analysis of chloroplast and nuclear DNA sequences.[5] In this study, all of Roessler's species except Gazania othonnites were sampled. The authors found that eight species were not really separate, but formed a species complex. The seven species found to be distinct were G. jurineifolia, G. caespitosa, G. ciliaris, G. tenuifolia, G. heterochaeta, G. schenckii, and G. lichtensteinii.

The genus occurs in South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, Tanzania and Angola.[4] Additionally, species are naturalised in Australia, New Zealand, and California. They are widely cultivated as ornamental garden plants.[4][9]


Gazanias are grown for the brilliant colour of their flower which appear in the late spring and early summer. They prefer a sunny position and are tolerant of dryness and poor soils.[10]

A commonly grown variety is the Trailing Gazania (Gazania rigens var. leucolaena). They are commonly used as groundcovers and can be planted en masse to cover large areas or embankments, assisted by their fast growth rate. Cultivars of this variety include 'Sunburst', 'Sunglow' and 'Sunrise Yellow' [10]

Another popular cultivated variety is the Clumping Gazania (Gazania rigens) which has a number of named cultivars including 'Aztec', 'Burgundy', 'Copper King', 'Fiesta Red', 'Goldrush' and 'Moonglow'. [10]


1. ^ Sunset Western Garden Book, 1995:606–607
2. ^ Per Ola Karis. 2007. "Arctotideae" pages 200-207. In: Klaus Kubitzki (series editor); Joachim W. Kadereit and Charles Jeffrey (volume editors). The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants volume VIII. Springer-Verlag: Berlin; Heidelberg, Germany.
3. ^ "African plants database". http://www.ville-ge.ch/cjb/bd/africa/resultat.php. Retrieved 2008-04-11.
4. ^ a b c "Aluka - Entry for Gazania Gaertn. [family COMPOSITAE"]. http://www.aluka.org/action/showMetadata?doi=10.5555/AL.AP.FLORA.FZ5061&pgs=. Retrieved 2008-04-11.
5. ^ a b Seranne Howis, Nigel P. Barker, and Ladislav Mucina. 2009. "Globally grown, but poorly known: species limits and biogeography of Gazania Gaertn. (Asteraceae) inferred from chloroplast and nuclear DNA sequence data". Taxon 58(3):871-882.
6. ^ Vicki A. Funk and Raymund Chan. 2008. "Phylogeny of the Spiny African Daisies (Compositae, tribe Arctotideae, subtribe Gorteriinae) based on trnL-F, ndhF, and ITS sequence data". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 48(1):47-60.
7. ^ Helmut Rössler. 1959. "Revision der Arctotideae - Gorteriinae (Compositae)". Mitteilungen der Botanischen Staatssammlung München 3:71-500.
8. ^ Helmut Roessler. 1973. Mitteilungen der Botanischen Staatssammlung Muenchen 11:91-99.
9. ^ "Genus Gazania". PlantNET - New South Wales Flora Online. Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney Australia. http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/NSWfl.pl?page=nswfl&lvl=gn&name=gazania. Retrieved 2008-04-11.
10. ^ a b c Arthurs, Kathryn L. (ed.) (1979). Lawns & Groundcovers. Lane Publishing Co.. ISBN 03760305072.

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