Tagetes minuta L.

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Tagetes minuta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mukuvisi Woodland

Tagetes minuta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Tagetes minuta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Entrance rd to La Rochelle

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Common names: Khaki weed (English) Mexican marigold (English) Stinking roger (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Introduced
Strongly scented erect annual, which may grow up to 2 m but usually smaller. Leaves imparipinnate; leaflets linear to narrowly lanceolate, glabrous with sunken oil glands; margins serrate. Inflorescences terminal with numerous tube-like capitula, consisting of a few pale yellow florets.
Derivation of specific name: minuta: very small, referring to the tiny ray florets
Habitat: A weed of disturbed and cultivated lands.
Altitude range: (metres) 580 - 1870 m
Flowering time:Dec - Jun
Worldwide distribution: Native of South America, now widely naturalised.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Rhodogastria amasis (Food plant)
spilosoma lineata (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Monday 1 January 2007

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 168 - 169. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 150. (Includes a picture).

Pope, G.V. (1975). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 6. Helenieae. Kirkia 10(1) Pages 115 - 117. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 38.


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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: Tagetes minuta.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=160780, retrieved 28 May 2016

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