Ursinia nana

October 30, 2019

Ursinia nana is a member of the daisy family and is also known by its common name of small yellow Margaret, which is geelmagriet in Afrikaans. This is a gorgeous shrub that flowers prolifically on the reserve. It is drought and wind resistant which allows it to thrive in various areas. When the flower produces fruit, the fruit is carried in the wind by 5, broad, white, petal-like scales.

Its flowerheads are visited by butterflies such as the small copper (Lycaena phlaeas), and bees, (Exoprosopa sp. and Heriades sp.). 

The fruits are consumed by ants, such as harvester ants (Messor barbarous sp.), with the result that some of the fruits are stored within their nests underground.