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Osteospermum ecklonis1.JPG
Dimorphotheca ecklonis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Calenduleae
Genus: Dimorphotheca

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Dimorphotheca, commonly called Cape marigold,[1] 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.[2] Plants of this genus usually have bisexual flowers.

Species list[edit]

Species include:


  1. ^ 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,. 
  2. ^ Mhlonishwa D. Dlamini Witwatersrand National Botanical Gardens July 2002, http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantcd/dimorphsinuata.htm