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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.
He educated medical students in herbology and headed expeditions to look for medical plants across Russia.

jamesonii 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)

jamesonii2 Robert Jameson was first to describe Gerbera Jamesonii while exploring the gold fields of Barberton district South Africa in 1889.
Richard Lynch, the Curator of the Cambridge University Botanic Garden, began breeding of the Gerbera in the late 19th century by crossing two South African species, jamesonii and vindfolia.

The hybrid is known today as Gerbera hybrid. Most of the commercially cultivated verities originate from these two species.
Western Australia has its own native Gerbera found between Jurien Bay and Albany, Trichocline Spathulata. Details of this variety can be found on the West Australian FloraBase website,


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