Dorotheanthus Schwantes

Livingstone Daisy

  Commemorating Dorothea, mother of G. F. Schwantes who studied and described many of the succulent Aizoaceae of southern Africa; also anthos—flower.

Branched annual succulent herbs. Branches red and covered with minute protuberances (papillae). Leaves forming rosettes at first, mostly spoon-shaped, opposite or alternate. Flowers stalked. Sepals 5, covered in clear protuberances. Petals in 2 whorls. Ovary with 5 chambers; ovule placentation parietal.

D. bellidiformis (Burm.f.) N.E. Br., or its hybrids is most frequently cultivated and is used as a colourful annual bedding plant, sometimes with 2-toned petals.


Bedding annuals with branched stems and flattened spoon-shaped leaves; ovary chambers 5.

5 species from Cape Province, SW Africa.

Source: Spencer, R.; Thompson, A. (1997). Aizoaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Caryophyllanae
order      Caryophyllales
family       Aizoaceae