Cosmos bipinnatus

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Cosmos bipinnatus Cav.
  • Common Name : Mexican Aster, Surangi
  • 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 Compositae became Asteraceae. However, the name Compositae is also exempted and conserved under 'Nomina Conservanda' because of their constant use for a long time.

  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 2, 10, 28
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation

About Cosmos bipinnatus Plant :

  • Habit : A large, much branched common glabrous or somewhat pubescent annual herb.
  • Leaves :
    • Fine feathery foliage.
    • Leaves are 2-4 inches long, opposite bipinnately cut into remote linear to filiform entire lobes.
  • Inflorescence : Solitary
  • Flower :
    • Large, showy, wide-open, long peduncled, solitary heads having 8 ray florets of different coloursfrom white, pink to crimson.
    • Ray florets are truncate or somewhat toothed and the disc florets are all yellow.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : December-January
  • Significance : It is one of the most popular rainy season annuals used for decoration.