Gaillardia pulchella

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Gaillardia pulchella Foug.
  • Synonyms : Gaillardia bicolor Lam.
  • Common Name : Taptavarna, Blanket Flower, Fire Wheel
  • Plant Family : Asteraceae (Compositae)
  • According to the Rules of ICBN the names of the families should end in -aceae. Thus the new name for the family Compositae became Asteraceae. However, the name Compositae is also exempted and conserved under 'Nomina Conservanda' because of their constant use for a long time.

  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 5, 9, 11, 18
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Indroda Park, Punit Van, Sarita Udyan, Van Chetana Kendra, Infocity

About Gaillardia pulchella Plant :

  • Habit : A small annual or perennial herb, much branched, hairy.
  • Leaves : Alternate, oblong-lanceolate, entire or divided.
  • Inflorescence : Solitary heads of variegated colours.
  • Flower :
    • Involucral bracts many.
    • Pappus present.
    • Ray florets yellow at tip, rose-purple at base, neuter, disk-florets purple-reddish, fertile.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : March-July
  • Significance : Cultivated in the gardens and much used by the gardeners for preparing garlands.