Tagetes erecta

Botanical Name Tagetes erecta
Common Name Genda
Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Tagetes
Species: erecta
Part used Flowers and leaves.
Medicinal Properties Flowers: antioxidant, alterative, astringent, stomachic.
Medicinal Use It is used to treat stomach ache, diarrhea, liver illnesses, vomiting, indigestion and toothache. Also useful as a skin wash and for yellow dye. It also kills gram negative and gram positive bacteria in vitro. This helps to protect certain crop plants from nematodes. Flower: petals have been used in lettuce salads and other foods to add colour and flavour. The dried flower petals, ground to a powder, may be used in poultry feed. The flower oil may be added to perfumes to infuse an apple scent into them.
ChemistryThiophenes, natural phytochemicals that include sulfur-containing rings, lutein.
Cultivation NA
Regional HabitatThroughout Rajasthan growing everywhere.
DescriptionSmall bushy plant, 15-30 cm in height. Flowers: 5cm across and composed of a dense arrangement of rays, yellow, orange and a unique bronze color. Flowers and fruits appears during October-March.