Tithonia tagetiflora

Botanical Name Tithonia tagetiflora
Common Name Mexican Sunflower
Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Tithonia
Species: tagetiflora
Part used Leaves
Medicinal Properties Antileukemic
Medicinal Use Useful in skin diseases. Leaves: juice is used for pain in eyes.
ChemistryBeta-sitosterol and its glucosides, various germacranolides.
Cultivation NA
Regional HabitatCultivated in gardens, sometimes as an escape.
DescriptionAnnual herb with parennial base. Stem: usually erect. Leaves: alternate, petiolate, entire above, 3-lobed below, having the smell of camphor. Roots: usually taproots, sometimes fibrous. Flowers: capitula large, on long thickened stalk, heterogamous radiate; ray-florets pistillate, pappus of 2 aristate, with numerous intervening persistent scales, corolla yellow, ligulate; disc-florets hermaphrodite, tubular, slightly contracted above the base, anthers with entire base, styles-branches ending in linear-lanceolate, puberulous appendages. Fruits: cypsels oblong. Flowers and fruits appears during October-March.