Tagetes minuta L.

Family: Asteraceae, Tribe: Tageteae

Pertinent Synonyms & Notes (particularly those used in California; go to GRIN for other synonyms)


Pertinent Common Names (particularly those used in California; go to GRIN for other common names)

wild marigold

Primary Disseminule Type


Description (diagnostics are in brown)

Fruit a cypsela, narrowly oblong to linear, ± compressed, cross-section typically 4-sided, (4.5)6–7 mm long x 0.7–1 mm wide x 0.2–0.3 mm thick. Surface blackish-brown, covered with lighter brown antrorse hairs. Pappus persistent, composed of 2 sets of scales (3–5 shorter ovate scales, 0.5–1 mm long, 1–2 longer lanceolate scales, 2–3 mm long, with minute marginal antrorse hairs).

Style base inconspicuous, apical scar (when scales are removed) oval, whitish, 0.3–0.4 mm across.

Fruit attachment scar basal, positioned at a right-angle.

Risk Assessment (codes in yellow or red indicate cause for concern; assessments are current as of mid-2011; click AUQP, NZBORIC, or NZBPI for access to the most recent versions of these databases and possible assessment changes)