The Van Staden’s River daisy or Sunday’s River daisy has acquired a range of common names; several not repeated here, but available in the literature. This is a sure sign of being noticed by people. Such attention paid to a plant may indicate use of plant parts as food, firewood, in a craft such as building, hunting, weaving or as a health or beauty product. None of these functional applications could be found for this plant.
The two common names above indicate the distribution area of the species in the Eastern Cape. The river names suggest habitat.
There are some Dimorphotheca species with toxicity to be noted in animal husbandry. Plant toxicity or thorns are evolved defence mechanisms for keeping herbivores at bay.
Just pretty? Human appreciation of floral beauty has helped plants survive. Unfortunately the commercial or acquisitive depletion of nature by plant lovers and horticultural tampering with plant attributes are not consistent with the best interests of diversity of species (www.plantzafrica.com).