Meaning of dimorphotheca in English:


Pronunciation /ˌdʌɪmɔːfəˈθiːkə/


  • 1A southern African plant of the daisy family, sometimes grown as a border plant.

    Genus Dimorphotheca, family Compositae

    ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 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.