Zinnia peruviana (L.) L.

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Zinnia peruviana

Photo: Bart Wursten
By main Harare to Bulawayo Rd, south of Kwekwe

Zinnia peruviana

Photo: Bart Wursten
By main Harare to Bulawayo Rd, south of Kwekwe.

Zinnia peruviana

Photo: Bart Wursten
By main Harare to Bulawayo Rd, south of Kwekwe.

Zinnia peruviana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Khami Ruins

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Synonyms: Chrysogonum peruvianum L.
Zinnia multiflora L.
Common names:
Status: Introduced
Erect annual herb, up to 60 cm tall. Leaves opposite along the stems, subsessile, narrowly oblong-ovate, up to c. 4 cm long, 3-veined from the base, roughly hairy and glandular on both surfaces; margin entire. Capitula terminal, solitary, up to 4 cm in diameter; peduncle 2-7 cm long, gradually thickening towards the top. Disk florets yellow surrounded by a conspicuous whorl of spreading, broadly rounded orange-red ray-florets.
Derivation of specific name: peruviana: Peruvian, of Peru, South America.
Habitat: A weed of roadsides, particularly in and around Bulawayo.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Native from Mexico to Brazil, Peru and Bolivia. Known as a weed in Ethiopia, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Botswana, Zimbabwe and northern South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: spilosoma lineata (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Saturday 21 February 2009

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 174 - 175. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 240. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 39.

Wild, H. (1967). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 1. Heliantheae. Kirkia 6(1) Pages 54 - 55.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Zinnia peruviana.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=160330, retrieved 24 October 2016

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