9196.000 Tithonia Desf. ex Juss.

Wild, H. (1967) The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 1. Heliantheae. Kirkia 6(1) 1-62

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs or subshrubs. Leaves usually alternate, entire or lobed. Peduncles long, swollen below the capitulum. Capitula large, showy, solitary, heterogamous, radiate. Ray florets neuter, disk florets bisexual. Phyllaries in 2-5 series. Receptacular scales clasping the florets, persistent. Achenes 4-sided. Pappus a crown of short scales with usually 1-2 additional awns.

Derivation of name: from Tithonus of Greek mythology, brother of Priam.

Worldwide: 11 species, from SW USA to Central America

Zimbabwe: 2 taxa.

Tithonia diversifolia

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
diversifolia (Hemsl.) A. GrayC,EDescription, Image
rotundifolia (Mill.) S.F. BlakeN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image

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Flora of Botswana: Tithonia
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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Tithonia
Flora of Malawi: Tithonia
Flora of Mozambique: Tithonia
Flora of Zambia: Tithonia

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Tithonia
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Tithonia
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iNaturalist: Tithonia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Tithonia
JSTOR Plant Science: Tithonia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Tithonia
Plants of the World Online: Tithonia
Tropicos: Tithonia
Wikipedia: Tithonia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Tithonia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1523, retrieved 29 February 2024

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