Tagetes minuta L.

Stinking Roger

Sp. Pl. 887 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect, strongly aromatic annual to 1(–2) m high. Leaves pinnate, 3–15 cm long; leaflets 3–11, narrow-elliptic to linear, mostly 2–8 cm long and 2–10 mm wide, acute, dentate, glabrous, glandular. Capitula many, cylindric, 2–5 mm diam.; involucral bracts 3 or 4, fused into a tube, 9–11 mm long, glabrous, covered with elongate orange glands, free part c. 0.5 mm long, rounded, ciliate. Florets pubescent below, c. as long as involucre; ray florets 2–4, ligule 1–3 mm long, yellow; disc florets 4 or 5, greenish. Cypselas linear, 6–8 mm long, appressed-pubescent, black; pappus of 5 or 6 lanceolate scales, c. 0.5 mm long, scarious, margins ciliate, at least 1 produced into an awn to 3.5 mm long Flowers Feb.–July.

*CVU, *EGU, *HSF, *MuM. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW. Native to South America. A widespread but uncommon weed of roadsides and other disturbed sites, and riparian habitats.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Asteraceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-05-30
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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 minuta in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Tagetes minuta in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present introduced
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory