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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Campanulids
Ordo: Asterales

Familia: Asteraceae
Subfamilia: Asteroideae
Tribus: Calenduleae
Genus: Dimorphotheca
Species: D. chrysanthemifolia – D. cuneata – D. dregei – D. jucunda – D. montana – D. nudicaulis – D. pluvialis – D. polyptera – D. sinuata – D. spectabilis – D. tragus – D. venusta – D. walliana – D. zeyheri

Dimorphotheca Moench, Methodus (Moench) 585. (1794) nom. cons.

Type species: Dimorphotheca pluvialis Moench, Methodus (Moench) 585. (1794)

Note: APD (2018) and Hassler (2018) differ in circumscription, the above species list broadly follows Hassler.

Meteorina Cass., Bull. Sci. Soc. Philom. Paris 1818: 167. (1818)


Moench, C. 1794. Methodus Plantas Horti Botanici et Agri Marburgensis 585.
African Plants Database (version 3.4.0). Dimorphotheca. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève and South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria. Accessed: 2018 June 4.
Hassler, M. 2018. Dimorphotheca. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2018. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 June 4. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2018. Dimorphotheca. Published online. Accessed: June 4 2018.

Vernacular names
suomi: Sääkukat
русский: Диморфотека

Dimorphotheca is a genus of plants in the sunflower family, native to Africa and Australia.[2] is one of eight genera of the Calenduleae, with a centre of diversity in Southern Africa. Some species can hybridize with Osteospermum, and crosses are sold as cultivated ornamentals. The name "Dimorphotheca" comes from the Greek "Dis" "Morphe" and "Theka", meaning "two shaped fruit", referring to the dimorphic cypselae, a trait inherent to members of the Calenduleae.[3] Plants of this genus usually have bisexual flowers.


Dimorphotheca acutifolia
Dimorphotheca barberae
Dimorphotheca caulescens
Dimorphotheca chrysanthemifolia
Dimorphotheca cuneata
Dimorphotheca dregei
Dimorphotheca fruticosa
Dimorphotheca jucunda
Dimorphotheca montana
Dimorphotheca nudicaulis
Dimorphotheca pluvialis ("Ox-Eye daisy", "Cape Daisy", "Rain Daisy")
Dimorphotheca polyptera
Dimorphotheca pulvinalis
Dimorphotheca sinuata ("Cape Marigold", "African Daisy", "Star of the Veldt")
Dimorphotheca spectabilis
Dimorphotheca tragus
Dimorphotheca turicensis
Dimorphotheca venusta
Dimorphotheca walliana
Dimorphotheca zeyheri

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Bailey, L.H.; Bailey, E.Z.; the staff of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium (1976). Hortus third: A concise dictionary of plants cultivated in the United States and Canada. New York: Macmillan., Mhlonishwa D. Dlamini, Witwatersrand National Botanical Gardens July 2002

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