One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A southern African plant of the daisy family, sometimes grown as a border plant.
Genus Dimorphotheca, family Compositae
- ‘As time goes by, and as our winters become increasingly mild, as predicted, we may also be able to grow aloes (A. vera, however, prefers sub- or tropical conditions) and the wonderfully coloured dimorphothecas outside in the future in the hope that they may perennate.’
- ‘In August and September of each year it becomes a magnificent carpet of colourful flowers with ursinias, arctotis, dimorphothecas, gazanias and mesembs (commonly known in South Africa as vygies).’
- 1.1 (in gardening) any of a number of plants of the genus Osteospermum that are similar to dimorphothecas.
Modern Latin, from Greek dimorphos ‘having two forms’ + theca.
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