Tagetes erecta L.

Sp. Pl. 2: 887 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect, aromatic annual to 1.2 m high. Leaves pinnate, 3–12(–25) cm long; leaflets 9–25, lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, 15–25(–50) mm long and 3–8(–12) mm wide, acute, dentate, ± glabrous, glandular. Capitula solitary, campanulate, 4–6 cm diam.; involucral bracts 5–8, fused into a tube, 10–22 mm long, glabrous, covered with elongate orange glands. Ray florets (3–)5–8(–100); ligule 10–30 mm long, yellow, orange or red-brown. Disc florets (10–)50–120, yellow or orange, ciliate along lobe margins, pubescent on inner surface of lobes and tube. Cypselas 3–4 angled, 6–11 mm long, with short antrose hairs particularly on ridges, dark brown or black; pappus of 0–2 subulate-aristate, ciliate scales, 6–12 mm long, and 2–4 distinct or connate linear-oblong, erose scales. Flowers Aug.–Apr.

*GipP, *VVP. WA (naturalised), SA, Qld,  NI, ACT (doubtfully naturalised). Native to Mexico. Naturalized at Lara, south-west of Melbourne, and at a few suburbs of inner and south-east Melbourne.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2015-12-31
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-01-08
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Tagetes
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Tagetes erecta in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Tagetes erecta in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory