Meaning – Light-heartedness, gentleness
The Gerbera species (pronounced jur-bra, or gur-ber-a) is named after Traugott Gerber, a German medical doctor active in Moscow during the middle of the 18th century. Although Gerber was the director of a botanical garden who was commissioned to educate students in herbology, there's some curiosity as to why Frederic Gronovius named a perennial plant species from South Africa after him.
Gerberas are from the sunflower family, and the variety typically used in floristry is a hybrid created from Gerbera jamesonii and Gerbera viridifolia. A new development is the germini, which was bred for a smaller flower head (about 5cm across) and sturdier stem, keeping it upright for longer.
It has approximately 30 species in the wild, extending to South America, Africa, Madagascar , and tropical Asia . The first scientific description of a Gerbera was made by J.D. Hooker in Curtis Botanical Magazine in 1889 when he described Gerbera jamesonii, a South African species also known as Transvaal daisy or Barberton Daisy.
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