Taxon: Tagetes minuta L.

Genus: Tagetes
Family: Asteraceae (alt.Compositae)
  Subfamily: Asteroideae
      Tribe: Tageteae
Nomen number: 36201
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2:887. 1753
Name Verified on: 24-Mar-2012 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 24-Mar-2012
Species priority site is: Ornamental Plant Germplasm Center (OPGC)
Accessions: 4 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Food additives: flavoring (fide Ency CNatIn)
  • Harmful organism host: crop diseases (fide WorldWeeds 827. 1997)
  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Invasive Pl Spec)
  • Materials: essential oils (in perfumery fide Ency CNatIn; Flower Oils)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide CRC MedHerbs ed2)
  • Non-vertebrate poisons: plant pest control (fide Pl Book)
  • Non-vertebrate poisons: weed control (when intercropped with other crops fide Dict Gard)
  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals (to humans or livestock fide Kellerman et al.; Lampe & McCann)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Atlas WWeed; Invasive Pl Spec)

Distributional Range:


  • Southern America

    • Brazil: Brazil
    • Southern South America: Argentina - Cordoba, - Mendoza, - Buenos Aires, - Catamarca, - Chaco, - Corrientes, - Entre Rios, - Formosa, - Jujuy, - La Pampa, - La Rioja, - Misiones, - Salta, - San Juan, - San Luis, - Santa Fe, - Santiago del Estero, - Tucuman; Chile; Paraguay; Uruguay
    • Western South America: Bolivia; Ecuador - Loja

  • Naturalized:

  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya; Tanzania; Uganda
    • Macaronesia: Portugal - Azores, - Madeira Islands; Spain - Canary Islands
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Eritrea; Ethiopia; Somalia
    • Northern Africa: Egypt
    • South Tropical Africa: Angola; Malawi; Mozambique; Zambia; Zimbabwe
    • Southern Africa: Botswana; Lesotho; Namibia; South Africa; Swaziland
    • West-Central Tropical Africa: Burundi; Rwanda; Zaire
    • Western Indian Ocean: Madagascar
  • Asia-Temperate

    • Arabian Peninsula: Yemen
    • Caucasus: Armenia; Georgia
    • Eastern Asia: Japan; Taiwan
    • Western Asia: Cyprus; Lebanon; Syria; Turkey
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: Bhutan; India; Nepal
    • Indo-China: Thailand
  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia
    • New Zealand: New Zealand
  • Europe

    • Southeastern Europe: Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Greece; Italy; Macedonia; Montenegro; Slovenia
    • Southwestern Europe: Spain
  • Northern America

    • Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - Connecticut, - Massachusetts, - Pennsylvania
    • Northern Mexico: Mexico - Sonora
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Alabama, - Florida, - Georgia, - Maryland, - North Carolina, - South Carolina, - Virginia
    • Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - California
  • Pacific

    • North-Central Pacific: United States - Hawaii

  • Cultivated:

    . widely cult.


  • Africa

    • Northern Africa: Morocco
  • Asia-Temperate

    • Western Asia: Israel
  • Europe

    • Middle Europe: Hungary
    • Northern Europe: Norway; United Kingdom
    • Southeastern Europe: Croatia
    • Southwestern Europe: France


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