Giant Mexican Sunflower
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Giant Mexican Sunflower
aturalized Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Giant Mexican Sunflower, Japanese sunflower, Shrub sunflower, Tree marigold • Manipuri: ꯂꯝ ꯅꯨꯃꯤꯠꯂꯩ Lam numitlei • Marathi: कनकगोल Kanak gol • Nepali: काँडे पुतली फूल Kaande Putalee Phool • Mizo: Bawngpu-pangpar, Vaivakawnpar
Botanical name: Tithonia diversifolia    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Giant Mexican Sunflower is an impressive member of the sunflower family, Asteraceae. Tithonia was named for Tithonus, a legendary Trojan loved by the dawn goddess Eos, who turned him into a grasshopper. Giant Mexican Sunflower is a perennial native of Mexico and Central America and is naturalized in India. It is a tall shrub, 1-3 m high. Stem is stout, erect, densely hairy. Alternately arranged broadly ovate leaves (lobed or simple) are 15-25 cm long. Large single flower-heads are orange-yellow, 10-15 cm across. In Manipur, flower-heads are used for wounds and bruises.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Munnar, Kerala & Kalimpong, West Bengal.

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