Hawkweed Gerbera Daisy
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Hawkweed Gerbera Daisy
P Native Photo: Thingnam Rajshree
Common name: Hawkweed Gerbera Daisy
Botanical name: Piloselloides hirsuta    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Gerbera piloselloides, Gerbera hirsuta, Gerbera amabilis

Hawkweed Gerbera Daisy is a perennial herb with rootstock thick, silky villose. Leaves are all at the base, elliptic or obovate-oblong, entire or repand-finely toothed, rounded at tip, narrowed at the base, 5-12 x 2.5-5 cm, hairless above, softly villose beneath; leaf-stalk 3 - 4 cm long. Flowering stems are 1-4, 20-35 cm long, 1-headed, thickened below the head, hairy-woolly with soft long hairs. Flower-heads are 2-2.5 cm long, erect, involucral bracts overlapping, linear-lanceshaped, pointed, tawny woolly. Ray florets are uniseriate, sometimes purplish outside and white (sometimes tinged purple) inside, nearly as long as the involucral bracts; lip 2-partite. Disc florets 2-two-lipped. Anther bases tailed. Style branches linear. Achenes are 8-9 mm long, slightly compressed, beaked, papillose, 5-6 -ribbed. Pappus subrufous or reddish, bristly, as long as the achenes. Hawkweed Gerbera Daisy is found in E. Himalayas, at altitudes of 1500-3500 m, in NE India, Myanmar, Thailand, China, Tropical S. Africa, Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Yeman. Flowering: May-August.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed at Shirui hill, Ukhrul, Manipur.

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