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Gazania linearis (treasure flower)

Treasure flowers, originally from South Africa, have been in cultivation since the 19th century, but are now also invasive plants in some parts of the world.
Gazania linearis

Gazania linearis

Species information

Scientific name: 

Gazania linearis (Thunb.) Druce

Common name: 

treasure flower

Conservation status: 

Not yet evaluated according to IUCN Red List criteria.


Grassy slopes and rocky cliffs, up to 3,050 m.

Key Uses: 

Ornamental; traditional clothing.

Known hazards: 

None known.


Genus: Gazania

About this species

Treasure flowers are species in the genus Gazania of the daisy family (Compositae).

Gazania linearis was first described as Gorteria linearis by Carl Thunberg, a student of Carl Linnaeus, in the late 18th century. About a century later, in 1917, the English botanist Claridge Druce transferred Gorteria linearis to Gazania and published the name Gazania linearis

The genus Gazania honours Theodore de Gaza, a 15th century Greek Scholar, who translated the important botanical works of Theophrastus, from Greek into Latin.

Gazania linearis was introduced to cultivation in England in the 19th century and was already well-known when mentioned in the Gardeners’ Chronicle, as G. longiscapa (now treated as a synonym) in 1883.


Gazania longiscapa, Gazania stenophylla, Gorteria linearis


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