Cosmos sulphureus

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Cosmos sulphureus Cav.
  • Common Name : Yellow Cosmos
  • Plant Family : Asteraceae (Compositae)
  • According to the Rules of ICBN the names of the families should end in -aceae. Thus the new name for the family Compositaebecame Asteraceae. However, the name Compositaeis also exempted and conserved under 'Nomina Conservanda' because of their constant use for a long time.

  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 5, 8, 12, 16, 18, 19, 21, 24, 25, 29
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Punit Van, Van Chetana Kendra, Aranya Van

About Cosmos sulphureus Plant :

  • Habit : An erect, large, much branched annual herb.
  • Leaves : Pinnate or bipinnate, opposite, the lobes lanceolate, much divided, acute.
  • Inflorescence : Solitary heads.
  • Flower : Long peduncled, solitary heads of yellow colours, outer florets rayed, the rays strongly 3-toothed at apex; inner florets tubular, the anthers exserted.
  • Fruits : Achenes beaked.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : Most of the year.
  • Significance : An ornamental plant.