Deep Purple African Daisy
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Deep Purple African Daisy
ntroduced Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Deep Purple African Daisy
Botanical name: Osteospermum ecklonis    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Dimorphotheca ecklonis

Deep Purple African Daisy is a low perennial herb or almost a subshrub usually less than 2 ft tall with alternate 5-8 cm long leaves, which are somewhat remotely toothed. Leaves are obovate or oblong to elliptic or oblanceolate, 3-5 x 1-2 cm, margins entire or toothed, faces stipitate-glandular (at least distal leaves), glabrescent. Flower-heads are solitary on long peduncles, 5-7 cm in diameter. Ray florets are purplish to almost white above, purple beneath with white margin. Disc is small in size with sterile florets, azure-blue; achenes straight, hard without pappus. Deep Purple African Daisy is native to Africa. Flowering December-April.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed at Delhi University Flower Show, Delhi.
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