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:
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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.


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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 1 July 2016

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