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Tagetes erecta

Mexican Marigold at Holt, ACT

Tagetes erecta at Holt, ACT - 2 Feb 2023
Tagetes erecta at Holt, ACT - 2 Feb 2023
Tagetes erecta at Holt, ACT - 2 Feb 2023
Tagetes erecta at Holt, ACT - 2 Feb 2023
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Identification history

Tagetes erecta 3 Feb 2023 MichaelMulvaney
Tagetes erecta 3 Feb 2023 trevorpreston
Unidentified 2 Feb 2023 trevorpreston

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natureguy wrote:
   2 Feb 2023
Thanks Trevor this is a really interesting sighting, the flowers look a lot like Coreopsis but the leaves look wrong for lanceolata so it could be a different species of Coreopsis or possibly Cosmos sulphureus, either way it could be something new for the ACT which is not good news.
   2 Feb 2023
It looked odd. Glad I stopped to take a snap.
SimoneC wrote:
   2 Feb 2023
If I saw this in a garden I’d say Tagetes, so maybe Tagetes erecta
natureguy wrote:
   2 Feb 2023
Actually a really good suggestion, the leaves reminded me a lot of Tagetes minuta but the flowers looked very wrong, but I agree that it could well be a different species of Tagetes that I'm not familiar with. It's always hard with new incursions since it probably escaped from a garden and there are tonnes of possibilities that are not in the normal range of what I'd be thinking about when moderating local plants.
   3 Feb 2023
My first thought when I saw it was Tagetes, but not like any Tagetes I am familiar with.
Is there any other photo that would be helpful as I have not removed it yet?
natureguy wrote:
   3 Feb 2023
Thanks Michael, a little different to what I'm used to with that species, but I presume it can be quite variable as a garden hybrid/escapee. Thankfully not something too noxious, though Trevor it would probably be worth still removing

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Location information

Species information

  • Tagetes erecta Scientific name
  • Mexican Marigold Common name
  • Not Sensitive
  • Exotic
  • Minor Weed or Pest

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 2 Feb 2023 04:02 PM Recorded on
  • trevorpreston Recorded by

Additional information

  • About 60mm Flower dimension
  • 30cm to 1 metre Plant height
  • True In flower

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