9238.00 Cosmos Cav. - Cosmos

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs or shrubs. Leaves opposite, pinnatisect or simple. Capitula terminal, solitary or arranged in few-headed terminal or axillary cymes. Phyllaries in 2 series; outer leafy, inner usually scarious. Receptacular scales present. Ray florets neuter; disk florets many.Rays (in ours) sulphur-yellow, orange, red, pink or white . Achenes fusiform, typically attenuate into a beak. Pappus 0 or of backwardly-barbed bristles.

Worldwide: c. 30 species from the Americas

Zimbabwe: 2 taxa.

Cosmos bipinnatus

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
bipinnatus Cav.W,C,EDescription, Image
sulphureus Cav.N,C,EDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Cosmos:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Cosmos
Flora of Zambia: Cosmos
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Cosmos

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cosmos
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cosmos
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cosmos
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Cosmos
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Cosmos
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cosmos
JSTOR Plant Science: Cosmos
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cosmos
Plants of the World Online: Cosmos
Tropicos: Cosmos
Wikipedia: Cosmos

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: Cosmos.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=2407, retrieved 28 February 2024

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