Tithonia diversifolia (Hemsl.) A. Gray

Selected images: Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record View all images

Tithonia diversifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Domboshawa Rd, Chinamora CL

Tithonia diversifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Domboshawa Rd, Chinamora CL

Detailed records: Display species records QDS maps by: Google Maps Point records by Google Maps

Species details: Click on each item to see an explanation of that item (Note: opens a new window)

Synonyms: Mirasolia diversifolia Hemsl.
Common names: Mexican sunflower (English)
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Introduced
Annual or perennial herb or shrub to 3 m. Leaves alternate; petiole up to 7 cm; lamina narrowly ovate to obovate, usually deeply 3-5-lobed (rarely entire), scabrid; base cuneate; apex acuminate; margin crenate, crenate-serrate or entire. Peduncles 1 cm in diameter below capitulum. Phyllaries in c.4 series. Rays up to 6 cm, yellow. Pappus of short, 2 mm, scales, connate below, with 2 longer setae.
Derivation of specific name: diversifolia: variable-leaved
Habitat: A weed of roadsides and waste places, much less common in Zimbabwe than Tithonia rotundifolia.
Altitude range: (metres) 870 - 1560 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Native to eastern Mexico and Central America.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
Spot characters: Display spot characters for this species

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 170 - 171. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 278.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 59.


comments powered by Disqus

Other sources of information about Tithonia diversifolia:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Tithonia diversifolia
Flora of Mozambique: Tithonia diversifolia
Flora of Zambia: Tithonia diversifolia

External websites:

African Plant Database: Tithonia diversifolia
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Tithonia diversifolia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Tithonia diversifolia
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Tithonia diversifolia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Tithonia diversifolia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Tithonia diversifolia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Tithonia diversifolia
Ispot Southern Africa : Tithonia diversifolia
JSTOR Plant Science: Tithonia diversifolia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Tithonia diversifolia
Tropicos: Tithonia diversifolia
West African Plants database: Tithonia diversifolia

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: Tithonia diversifolia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=160460, retrieved 30 June 2016

Site software last modified: 15 January 2016 10:17am (GMT +2)
Terms of use