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Pests and Diseases
The Gerbera is said to have been named by the Dutch botanist Jan Frederik Gronovius in 1737 in honour of German physician and botanist Traugott Gerber.
Traugott Gerber (born 1710 Lower Silesia) was a Moscow doctor and director of that city’s
oldest botanical gardens.
Gerberas originate from Africa, South America and tropical Asia. The most popular variety is the Gerbera Jamesonii named after Robert Jameson. (also known as the Barberton Daisy and Transvaal Daisy)
Robert Jameson was first to describe Gerbera Jamesonii while exploring the gold fields of Barberton district
South Africa in 1889.
The hybrid is known today as Gerbera hybrid. Most of the commercially cultivated verities
originate from these two species.
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