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Tagetes minuta L.
Family Asteraceae
Common name: Stinking Roger

Tagetes minuta L. APNI*

Synonyms: Tagetes glandulifera Schrank APNI*

Description: Strongly aromatic annual herb 1–2 m high; stems mostly unbranched, glabrous.

Leaves mostly opposite, pinnate, to 10 cm long; leaflets 3–9, narrow-elliptic to lanceolate, acute, 2–8 cm long, 2–9 mm wide, occasionally wider, finely toothed, reduced to hair-like structures or small leaflets with fimbriate margins towards the base of the compound leaf rachis, glabrous, gland-dotted.

Heads borne in dense terminal panicles; heads 2–5 mm diam.; involucral bracts 3 or 4, almost completely fused into a tube to c. 10 mm long, smooth, glabrous, yellow-green, marked with interrupted streaks. Ray florets 2–4; ligules obovate, 1–3 mm long, yellow. Disc florets 4 or 5, greenish.

Achenes linear, 5–8 mm long, black, pubescent; pappus of 5 or 6 ciliate scales, unequal, 0.5–3 mm long, longest produced as a slender awn.

Photo J. & P. Edwards


Flowering: February–April

Distribution and occurrence: Grows as a roadside weed and in disturbed sites, also on riverbanks and in woodland; north from Narooma. Native of S Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *NWP, *SWP, *NFWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *W.A. *S.A.
AVH map***

This genus includes the widely cultivated African Marigold T. erecta L. and the French Marigold, T. patula L.

Text by D. W. Hardin
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)

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