Description Gerbera is a genus of ornamental plants from the sunflower family (Asteraceae). It was named in honour of the German botanist and naturalist Traugott Gerber ( 1743) who travelled extensively in Russia and was a friend of Carolus Linnaeus.It has approximately 30 species in the wild, extending to South America, Africa and tropical Asia. The first scientific description of a Gerbera was made by J.D. Hooker in Curtis's Botanical Magazine in 1889 when he described Gerbera jamesonii, a South African species also known as Transvaal daisy or Barberton Daisy. Gerbera is also commonly known as the African Daisy.Gerbera species bear a large capitulum with striking, two-lipped ray florets in yellow, orange, white, pink or red colours. 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. Colours include white, yellow, orange, red, and pink. The centre of the flower is sometimes black. Often the same flower can have petals of several different colours.Gerbera is also important commercially. It is the fifth most used cut flower in the world (after rose, carnation, chrysanthemum, and tulip). It is also used as a model organism in studying flower formation. Gerbera contains naturally occurring coumarin derivatives. Gerbera is a tender perennial plant. It is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds, but resistant to deer.(Courtesy of Wikipedia)
Steve Purnell, Bargoed, Wales Member Since February 2012 Artist Statement A truly eclectic body of work.
Steve is a self taught photographer living in the Rhymney Valley in South Wales. Whilst he has only taken photography seriously since 2008 he grew up with a photography background as his Father was an avid hobby photographer who shot many a wedding. Steve often used to help in those days taking candid shots through the day.
The purchase of his first digital camera in 2008 really inspired Steve to take up the art once again, especially when he discovered the wonders of photoshop in which he processes all of his images.
Steve has had great success with his photographs in recent years, entering many competitions and has taken several first prizes at the Bedwellty Agricultural Show in the photography section and winning 'Best Photograph in Show' on two occasions.
He has also had images published in some of the photography magazines.
Steve has tried to bring something new to the table with his art and has developed a style of producing unique images from smoke trails photographed from a smouldering incense stick. Indeed, immediately upon publishing his website featuring these images, he was contacted by actuallymag.com, an online arts and fashion magazine requesting that they be allowed to feature his work and this feature was published in January 2013 http://actuallymag.com/smoke-art-with-steve-purnell/
To increase the diversity of his portfolio, Steve has now introduced a range of digitally produced fractal images and has started to create a further range of fantasy images from these so make sure that you check the fractal gallery for some more unique designs.
His work is widely available to purchase over the internet, not only as art prints but also as canvas wraps, stationery cards, iphone cases, ipod skins, ipad skins, laptop skins, t shirts, hoodies, cushions and tote bags.
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