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Dimorphotheca sinuata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Calenduleae
Genus: Dimorphotheca
Vaill. ex Moench.
  • Acanthotheca DC.
  • Arnoldia Cass.
  • Osteospermum sect. Blaxium (Cass.) T. Norl.
  • Xenismia DC.
  • Meteorina Cass.
  • Gattenhoffia Neck.

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.



  1. ^ a b Flann, C (ed) 2009+ Global Compositae Checklist
  2. ^ 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,. 
  3. ^ Plantzafrica, Mhlonishwa D. Dlamini, Witwatersrand National Botanical Gardens July 2002