Taxon: Tithonia rotundifolia (Mill.) S. F. Blake

Genus: Tithonia
Family: Asteraceae (alt.Compositae)
Nomen number: 36735
Place of publication: Contr. Gray Herb. 52:41. 1917
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 25-Mar-2012 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 25-Mar-2012
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7)
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Bee plants: honey production (fide F Guat)
  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard; Hortus 3)
  • Weed: (fide Weeds SAfr 2001)

Distributional Range:


  • Northern America

    • Northern Mexico: Mexico Coahuila, Durango, Zacatecas
    • Southern Mexico: Mexico Campeche, Chiapas, Colima, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Mexico, Morelos, Nayarit, Oaxaca, Quintana Roo, Veracruz, Yucatan
  • Southern America

    • Central America: Belize ; Costa Rica ; El Salvador ; Guatemala ; Honduras ; Nicaragua ; Panama

  • Naturalized

  • Africa

    • South Tropical Africa: Zambia ; Zimbabwe
    • Southern Africa: Botswana ; South Africa ; Swaziland
    • West Tropical Africa: Senegal
    • West-Central Tropical Africa: Rwanda ; Zaire
  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia New South Wales, Queensland
  • Northern America

    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States Florida, Louisiana
  • Southern America

    • Brazil: Brazil
    • Caribbean: Cuba ; Guadeloupe ; Hispaniola ; Martinique ; Netherlands Antilles Saba; Puerto Rico ; St. Lucia ; Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad
    • Northern South America: Venezuela
    • Southern South America: Argentina

  • Cultivated


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Check other web resources for Tithonia rotundifolia (Mill.) S. F. Blake :


  • Flower: USDA/ARS Sunflower Research Unit