WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY – ENCHANTED FOREST PARK, FL
This photograph of a Gerbera Daisy was shot with a Nikon D80 attached to a Nikkor 60mm lens at Enchanted Forest Park in North Miami, Florida.
Gerbera Daisy Trivia:
Gerbera species bear a large capitulum with striking, two-lipped ray florets in yellow, orange, white, pink or red colors. The capitulum, which has the appearance of a single flower, is actually composed of hundreds of individual flowers. The morphology of the flowers varies depending on their position in the capitulum. The flower heads can be as small as 7 cm (Gerbera mini ‘Harley’) in diameter or up to 12 cm (Gerbera ‘Golden Serena’).
Gerbera is very popular and widely used as a decorative garden plant or as cut flowers. The domesticated cultivars are mostly a result of a cross between Gerbera jamesonii and another South African species Gerbera viridifolia. The cross is known as Gerbera hybrida. Thousands of cultivars exist. They vary greatly in shape and size. Colors include white, yellow, orange, red, and pink. The center of the flower is sometimes black. Often the same flower can have petals of several different colors. Gerbera is a tender annual flower. This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds. This plant is resistant to deer.