Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon Literature for Gaillardia pulchella
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
   Asteraceae -- The Sunflower Family Bibliography
      Gaillardia pulchella

Common name(s): blanket flower, melekule wai kahuli, waikahuli
General Information
DistributionNative to North America from Nebraska, Colorado, and Arizona south to Mexico and east to Louisiana and Florida.In the Hawaiian Islands, naturalized on Kure, Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Maui.

Taprooted, glandular villous annual or short lived perennial herbs 1-6 dm tall; stems erect or often decumbent toward base, unbranched or more often branched.
Leaves oblong to oblanceolate, 2-8 cm long, 0.4-3 cm wide, entire to coarsely toothed or pinnately lobed, sessile and often clasping the stem, sometimes the lowermost tapering to broad petioles.
Heads on peduncles 5-15 cm long, radiate; receptacle with bristles ca. twice as long as achenes; ray florets 6-10 per head, rays red, tipped with yellow, 12-20 mm long; disk corollas reddish purple above, yellow below, 6-7 mm long.
Achenes ca. 2 mm long, hirsute at base.
2n = 34, 36, 68.