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TAG-e-teez — named for Tages, an Etruscan God who sprang up from ploughed earth … Dave’s Botanary
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commonly known as: African marigold, American marigold, Aztec marigold, Mexican marigold • Assamese: নাৰ্জী ফুল narji phula • Bengali: গাঁদা genda • Gujarati: ગલગોટો galgoto • Hindi: गेंदा genda • Kannada: ಚೆಂಡು ಹೂವು chendu huvu • Kashmiri: सद्बर्गी sadbargi • Konkani: गाँडेंफूल gondephul • Lahauli: bowdu • Malayalam: ചെണ്ടുമല്ലി centumalli • Manipuri: sanarei • Marathi: झेंडूफूल jhenduphul • Mizo: der-ken • Nepali: गेन्दा genda • Oriya: ଗେଣ୍ଡୁଫୁଲ genduphula • Persian: صد برگ sad barg • Punjabi: ਗੈਂਡਾ gainda • Tamil: கஞ்சாப்பூச்செடி kancappucceti, துலுக்கச்செவ்வந்தி tulukkaccevvanti • Telugu: చెండుమల్లె chendumalle • Urdu: گيندا genda, گلِ اشرفی gul-e-ashrafi

Native to: Mexico, Guatemala, Peru; widely cultivated 
 

Tagetes erecta L., Aztec marigold differentiated by larger heads 7-10 cm across, not tinged red.
 
Used for decorating on Vijaya dashmi/ Dasara.  

 
 

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Flower ID Request 5-8-2011: I took these pics of a plant in a garden near my house. Please let me know
what flower it could be. The plant was growing in an earthen pot and was about three feet tall.


Zendu in Marathi. Used for decorating on Vijaya dashmi/ Dasara.

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Flora of Madhya Pradesh: Tagetes sp from Khjuraho Temples MP:  

Tagetes sp from Khjuraho Temples MP
This unique variety was shot on 21-1-12
to me it looks any Garden cultivar of T erecta
pls validate


Supporting … There are many varieties of Tagetes erecta

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efloraofindia:”For Id 20022013MR1’’ marigold plant at Pune:  20/02/2013

requesting botanical name of this Marigold plant (Zhendu in Marathi) at Pune in a private society garden


Its a “Tagetes erecta” 🙂


 

 

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SYMBIOSIS : 300:  Attaching an image of male of a Common Albatross butterfly on the flower of Marigold.


 
sharing close up of the flower of Tagetes erecta as it developed


 

 

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Tagetes erecta L. 
TAG-e-teez — named for Tages, an Etruscan God who sprang up from ploughed earth … Dave’s Botanary
ee-RECK-tuh erect, uprightDave’s Botanary
commonly known as: African marigold, American marigold, Aztec marigold, Mexican marigold • Assamese: নাৰ্জী ফুল narji phula • Bengali: গাঁদা genda • Gujarati: ગલગોટો galgoto • Hindi: गेंदा genda • Kannada: ಚೆಂಡು ಹೂವು chendu huvu • Kashmiri: सद्बर्गी sadbargi • Konkani: गाँडेंफूल gondephul • Lahauli: bowdu • Malayalam: ചെണ്ടുമല്ലി centumalli • Manipuri: sanarei • Marathi: झेंडूफूल jhenduphul • Mizo: der-ken • Nepali: गेन्दा genda • Oriya: ଗେଣ୍ଡୁଫୁଲ genduphula • Persian: صد برگ sad barg • Punjabi: ਗੈਂਡਾ gainda • Tamil: கஞ்சாப்பூச்செடி kancappucceti, துலுக்கச்செவ்வந்தி tulukkaccevvanti • Telugu: చెండుమల్లె chendumalle • Urdu: گيندا genda, گلِ اشرفی gul-e-ashrafi
Native to: Mexico, Guatemala, Peru; widely cultivated
References: Flowers of IndiaDave’s GardenWikipediaNPGS / GRIN  
at various gardens in Thane and Mumbai


Lovely Marigold pics.. widely used flower for decoration and religious ceremonies…


It is also known as Gainda Hazara.

Tagetus erecta L., common marigold or African marigold is one of the most common ornamental flowers of India. Some pics from Pantnagar.


Very good pictures. Thanks for the botanical names. I think you meant to say Tagetes erecta

Tagetes erecta L., Aztec marigold differentiated by larger heads 7-10 cm across, not tinged red.

Photographed from Delhi and Kashmir 


 

 

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Sharing a picture of our Marigold flower taken in Muscat on 2/12/06.


 

 

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Attached are pictures of Tagetes erecta captured at Corbett, Uttarakhand in November 2012.
Posting them this fortnight as I had missed the earlier fortnight…
Requested to please confirm ID.


 

 

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ID OF THESE WILD GAINDA FLOWERS? : 7 posts by 3 authors. 1 image.  
Could the learned members of the group help confirm the identity of these flowers growing near a wheat field, and photographed in end-January outside Chandigarh.
1. Are these gainda flowers? If yes, of which exact family or sub-family?
2. Do they grow wild? How would they spread to an uncultivated status?
3. Any background information on this flower would be welcome. 


Yes … It is Gainda, Marigold in English

Botanically Tagetes erecta, Family Asteraceae (Compositae)
One of the very commonly grown ornamental herbs in beds as well in pots, often also grown in large scale in fields for floriculture, to be sold to florists..
It is not uncommon to see these plants along field borders, sewage dumps and wastelands. The plants uprooted from cultivation and thrown away do have some mature fruits (single seeded) known as cypselae (more widely but not accurately known as achenes) which germinate to produce new plants. Even a discarded mature plant may take roots (The plant has heavy bunch of roots) and establish at a neglected place.


The plant is a biopescticide, planted along the periphery of croplands (mainly maize, cotton and corn) in parts of Karnataka, to repel the crop pests.
Dual benefit the farmer gets- bio control of pests & economical floriculture 


I don’t know whether it has any relevance, perhaps Gurumuthi ji can throw light on this.
It is 40 years back, there were many Gainda plants grown in our home garden, when my niece about 4-5 years old started smelling flowers closely continuously for some time. Suddenly she started having headache to the extent of almost fainting. Luckily she revived soon. I don’t know whether it is significant or just a chance.


It happens often with many strong scented flowers such as Pandanus, Mammea suriga, and even Champa
But its interesting to know this happening with Marigold !
May be the pollen cloud of Marigold must have caused it, as they do in Chromolaena odorata .
Or.. there is also a chance that she must have smelt the strong odored tender leaves and involucre, which sometimes brings the head-ache


Thanks very much for these delightful insights into a “common” flower!


 

THANKS TO EFLORAOFINDIA BOTANISTS : 2 posts by 2 authors.
My thanks to the efloraofindia group of botanists for their perspectives on the wild escapades of Gaindas. Published today in the Hindustan Times Sunday `wildbuzz’ column.


Nice write up …


 

 

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Flowers used in worship in India:Marigold : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1).

 

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Tagetes Species For ID : Lalbagh,Bangalore : 17SEP17 : AK-14 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)

Saw this new Lemon color Marigold, almost white for the first time in Lalbagh earlier this month.

A cultivated garden plant.
PREDATOR AND PREY : ( LYNX SPIDER / WASP MOTH ) : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
If you observe Marigold flowers in a garden, you will find Lynx spider sitting on some of the flowers in ambush. These spiders catches insects visiting marigold flowers. Recently I recorded this spider ambushed a wasp moth. Literature says that the pattern on the wings of this moth is a warning to predators. But I find the spider enjoying its meal.
 

 

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Tagetes erecta ‘Kilimanjaro White’;

  

 

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CRAB SPIDER ON FLOWERS ( PREDATOR/ PREY ) : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
In October 2018 I saw yellow coloured spider on the flowers of Tabernaemontana divaricata (CHANDNI/ TAGAR)

I came to know that the spider is known as CRAB SPIDER and it ambushes prey visiting flowers in search of nectar. I saw the spider in that area for next few days. But I have not seen it catching any prey.
For last few days I was observing Lynx spider (again an ambush predator) on Marigold flowers.. I recorded this spider 
catching Wasp moths, flies and dragon flies visiting Marigold flowers. Today I saw a Common Pierrot butterfly on a Marigold flower. On closer examination I found the butterfly was in the grip of a crab spider. As the spider is yellow in colour, it is nicely camouflaged. Attaching a collage of that event.

 

 

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PREDATOR PREY : OBSERVATION ON A MARIGOLD FLOWER : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
 I was recording Lynx spider and Crab spider ambushing prey on marigold flowers for last few days. But yesterday I had a different observation. I saw an assembly of small black flies on a particular flower. On closer look I found a lynx spider has ambushed a wasp moth and the flies are having their share from it. 

   I have recorded these butterflies ambushing butterflies, flies and wasp moths number of times but this is the first time I recorded this phenomenon. Nature is full of wonders.


we know it happens but disturbing when documented. thanks for the pictures. its a dog eat dog world. yet we humans maintain a semblance of civility, at least we try


 
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