Peruvian Zinnia
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Peruvian Zinnia
aturalized Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Peruvian Zinnia
Botanical name: Zinnia peruviana    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Crassina multiflora, Zinnia multiflora, Zinnia pauciflora, Chrysogonum peruvianum

This is an unusual flower to be seen growing wild in parts of India. Peruvian Zinnia is an annual herb native to the American continents, and has presumably naturalized here. It is a 1-2 ft tall upright, branching plant. Leaves are nearly stalkless, narrow ovate or lance-shaped, up to 4.5 cm long and 2 cm wide. Flower heads arise singly at the top of stems. Ray florets are red, pink or purple, to 1.5 x 1.1 cm, while the disc florets are brownish. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale
Photographed at Bhamer Fort, Maharashtra.
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