Tagetes minuta L.

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Tagetes minuta

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Mukuvisi Woodland

Tagetes minuta

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Cleveland Dam, Harare

Tagetes minuta

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Entrance rd to La Rochelle

Tagetes minuta

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Stapleford road near junction with Penhalonga road

Tagetes minuta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Stapleford road near junction with Penhalonga road

Tagetes minuta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Stapleford road near junction with Penhalonga road

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Common names: Khaki bush (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:
Flowering time:Dec - Jun
Worldwide distribution: Native of South America, now widely naturalised.
Mozambique distribution: MS,GI,M
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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Content last updated: Saturday 19 September 2009

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

Beentje, H.J. & Ghazanfar, S.A. (eds.) (2005). Compositae (Part 3) Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 726 - 727. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 107. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 147.

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

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 28.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 33.

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.

Wild, H. (1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 77. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Tagetes minuta.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=160780, retrieved 14 April 2024

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