Thursday, March 4, 2010
Gerbera (pronounced /ˈɡɜrbərə/) L. is a genus of ornamental plants from the sunflower family (Asteraceae). It was named in honor of the German naturalist Traugott Gerber, a friend of Carolus Linnaeus.It has approximately 30 species in the wild, extending to South America, Africa and tropical Asia. The first scientific description of a Gerbera was made by J.D. Hooker in Curtis's Botanical Magazine in 1889 when he described Gerbera jamesonii, a South African species also known as Transvaal daisy or Barberton Daisy.
Gerbera species bear a large capitulum with striking, two-lipped ray florets in yellow, orange, white, pink or red colors. The capitulum, which has the appearance of a single flower, is actually composed of hundreds of individual flowers. The morphology of the flowers varies depending on their position in the capitulum. The flower heads can be as small as 7 cm (Gerbera mini 'Harley') in diameter or up to 12 cm (Gerbera ‘Golden Serena’).
Gerbera is very popular and widely used as a decorative garden plant or as cut flowers.
I have bought this type of flower in several colors over the years. Here is a couple of vases full of them. Gorgeous!!!
The picture below is a mosaic I did featuring the flower in diferent stages as it was opening up.
Thank you to to Jenny for having this meme party. You can see more things beginning with the letter G at her her blog Jenny Matlock...off my tangent... and join in on the fun for Alphabe-Thursday! Hope you enjoy the beauty like I did.....Michelle