Tagetes patula L.

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Tagetes patula

Photo: Bart Wursten
Outside Mutare Boys High

Tagetes patula

Photo: Bart Wursten
Outside Mutare Boys High

Tagetes patula

Photo: Bart Wursten
Outside Mutare Boys High

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Common names: French marigold (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Introduced
Strongly aromatic, erect annual herb. Leaves elliptic in outline, deeply pinnately lobed; lobes strongly serrate. Capitula with broadly ovate ray florets, emarginate at the apex, yellow to deeply orange-red, with or without darker markings.
Notes: It is widely cultivated as a garden ornamental and is known as an occasional naturalised escape.Note: The specimen in the photographs, clearly naturalised along a degraded stretch of road, is a first record for the Eastern Division.
Derivation of specific name: patula: spreading
Habitat: Native to Mexico; naturalised elsewhere.
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Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E
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Insects associated with this species: Rhodogastria amasis (Food plant)
spilosoma lineata (Larval foodplant)
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Pope, G.V. (1975). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 6. Helenieae. Kirkia 10(1) Pages 116 - 118. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Tagetes patula.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=160790, retrieved 18 February 2018

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