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Euryops chrysanthemoides (African bush daisy)

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Senecioneae
Genus: Euryops
Species: E. chrysanthemoides
Binomial name: Euryops chrysanthemoides
Synonym: Gamolepis chrysanthemoides
Common names: African bush daisy, Bull's-eye, Golden daisy bush, Daisy bush, Resin bush, Grey-haired Euryops, Paris daisy

Euryops chrysanthemoides is a small, densely branched, evergreen shrub in the daisy family Asteraceae. It is native to the Eastern Cape provinces of South Africa. Though planted in gardens it is a ruderal weed in New Zealand. It grows wild on roadsides, urban open spaces and other disturbed areas.

Euryops chrysanthemoides grows > 2m in height. The grey-green, downy leaves have seven to nine deeply indented lobes that are close-set, particularly on young growth.
Silvery grey buds on white, downy stems, open to bright, yellow daisies, 30-40 mm across with 15-30 bright yellow ray florets and deep golden yellow disc florets. The flowers are carried well above the leaves on thin, wiry stalks 100-150 mm long. The flowers do not close overnight and occur year-round and are most prolific during autumn to spring. They attract lots of insect pollinators such as bees, wasps and butterflies. The flowers are followed by heads filled with black seeds which are wind-dispersed.








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