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: (1997). Aizoaceae. In: . 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.