Zinnia elegans

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Zinnia elegans Jacq.
  • Common Name : Youth and Old Age, Zhiniya
  • 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) : 5
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Indroda Park, Punit Van, Van Chetana Kendra

About Zinnia elegans Plant :

  • Habit : A small herb.
  • Leaves : Ovate opposite, entire, wavy.
  • Flowers :
    • Flowers in large, terminal heads of various beautiful colours.
    • Involucral bracts ovate, in 3-series.
    • Ray florets, female, ligulate, fertile.
    • Disk florets bisexual, fertile corolla tubular.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : September - October
  • Significance : Cultivated in the gardens in rains for the beautiful flowers.