— named for Tithonus, a legendary Trojan
Dave’s Botanary
dy-ver-sih-FOH-lee-uh — different (diverse) shaped leavesDave’s Botanary
commonly known as: giant Mexican sunflower, Japanese sunflower, Mexican tournesol, Nitobe chrysanthemum, shrub sunflower, tree marigold • Manipuri: লম নুমিতলৈ lam numitlei • Marathi: कनकगोल kanak-gol
Native to: Mexico, central America; widely cultivated 


Tithonia species from Mukkali:
Pls ID this flower from Mukkali, the flower and leaf pattern is very similar to Tithonia diversifolia from Asteraceae.

Mukkali Silent valley, Kerala
Date/Time-08 Nov 2008
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- Mukkali, Silent Valley, Kerala
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-, Road side garden
lant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb-Shrub ?
Height/Length-approx – 4 feet,
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- Shape –10-12cms, Lobed,
Inflorescence Type/ Size-
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts-10cms approx, No. of petals -11,Yellow


Plant for ID 23/11/2011 SMP1:
An Asteraceae member observed growing by the roadside near Paud Last month.
Appears to be some garden escape.
Height 6-8 feet. Flower size: Small sunflower.



efloraindia: 111111 BRS156:

Pl. find the attached file contain photos for id. request.
Along the road side of Ooty (Nilgiris) mass flowering
Date/year: 2004
Habitat: wild (along the road side)

I think I have also seen this in Ooty some years back

Can that be Tithonia diversifolia?

Yes, I think this is Tithonia diversifolia, too.

Yes it is Wikipedia image

For Id from Nahan-2011:
This large herb was shot from “Round Villa” in Nahan (H.P.). Flowers were not around, the leaves and mature capitulum clearly points towards Asteraceae. Can this be an Artemisia sp.? The height of mature plant approached 1 metre.

This is Tithonia diversifolia.

Tithonia diversifolia
Wildly growing as a weed in many parts of the country including the ghat section of Sinhagd.

Asteraceae Fortnight Part I-Radiate heads: Ornamental (gone wild)- Tithonia diversifolia from Nahan- NS 10 :
This pics were recorded from Nahan, Himachal Pradesh, from a site known as Round Villa… as flowering was over, the pics show matured heads and leaves, the achenes mostly fallen away.. this was posted for identification earlier and id was provided by …
This was captured in wild, a case of escaping away…

I think yes

Tithonia diversifolia (Hemsl.) A. Gray
ti-THO-nee-a — named for Tithonus, a legendary TrojanDave’s Botanary
dy-ver-sih-FOH-lee-uh — different (diverse) shaped leavesDave’s Botanary
commonly known as: giant Mexican sunflower, Japanese sunflower, Mexican tournesol, Nitobe chrysanthemum, shrub sunflower, tree marigold • Manipuri: লম নুমিতলৈ lam numitlei • Marathi: कनकगोल kanak-gol
Native to: Mexico, central America; widely cultivated
References: Flowers of IndiaWikipediaNPGS / GRIN
at Yeoor Hills (cottage garden), Thane on 20 NOV 10

Asteraceae Week (Part I – Radiate heads) :: Tithonia diversifolia at Munnar:: PKA65:: : Attachments (2). 1 post by 1 author.
Tithonia diversifolia photographed at Munnar, Kerela

Asteraceae Fortnight : Part 1 – Radiate Heads : Tithonia diversifolia : Kerala : 130513 : AK-32 : Attachments (2).  1 post by 1 author.
Sharing pictures of Giant Mexican Sunflower from Alleppy & Munnar.
Pictures taken in October, 2008.

re:yellow flower : 6 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (2)
This yellow flower seen growing wild on roadside from guwahati to cherrapunjee. Picture taken on 7th december2008

Appears like some Aster species from Compositae family.

This grows at my place too. It adds a lot of colour but grows like a weed.

wouldn’t it be some kind of wild sunflower? At least the seeds look like that.

It’s Tithonia sp. from Asteraceae. I will confirm the species & inform you later.

Appears to be Tithonia diversifolia (Hemsl.) A.Gray 

Images by tspkumar



124-TSP-ID-12DEC2016-2: Asteraceae sp @ Kadmane for ID : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Kindly examine and identify this Asteraceae sp 


Habitat:Wild,evergreen forest fringe,in disturbed areas 

Sighting:Kadmane,Sakaleshpur,Karnataka about 1200 msl 


The photographs are not clear. Nevertheless, the plant looks like  a species of Tithonia (Tithonia diversifolia ?)

I think matches with images at Tithonia diversifolia 

For me the ID is correct.

SK488 28 APR-2017:ID : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Location: Soureni, Mirik, India
Date: 21 April 2017
Altitude:4300 ft.

Please see for Tithonia diversifolia…..

Thank you sir, Tithonia diversifolia (Hemsl.) A. Gray (accepted name)
Nepali Name: काँडे पुतली फूल Kaande Putalee Phool

Shrub for ID, Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh, NAW-OCT18-02 : 9 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (4) – around 250 kb each.
Kindly identify this large shrub approximately 5 metres in height with yellow flowers upto 15 cm wide, found growing in a house in Thettu village near Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh, photographed in October 2018.

check tithonia sp??? like t. diversifola?

we have had a case but this seems to show the palmate leaves, the flowers, buds, anf height of the plant more clearly.

I have this plant grown in my garden. It is Tithonia diversifolia. Grows very fast. The height is 10 – 15 ft. Just put a stem cutting. The plant grows very easily. Needs very less care. I will post the photographs in a separate posting later.

Leaves are variant. One can see simple leaves as well as palmate leaves. Shape changes as the plant grows.

yes, … that’s why its diversifolia, i guess. can you show us pictures of the various leaves and of seeds, please thanks.

Tithonia diversifolia : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)
I am attaching herewith the photographs of the plant  showing flowers/ foliage. Please note the diverse nature of the leaves (different shapes of leaves).
Photos taken in my garden during August 2018

great. this is the best demonstratration of the diverse leaf shapes and sizes. truly a diversifolia.

Identification : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3) – around 1 mb each.
Kindly identify this plant.
Date/Time- 28 NOV 2018
Location-Place, Altitude, GPS-  Agara Lake, HSR Layout, Bengaluru, 12° 55′ 27.51” N 77° 38′ 44.19” E
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- Wild
Plant Habit-Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Shrub
Height/Length- 2 m tall
My guess — Senecio

Tithonia species.

Tithonia diversifolia.

Flower for id -27122018SH1-Is this Tithonia diversifolia ? : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1) – 5 Mb.
Flower for id pl. Is this Tithonia diversifolia ?
Location – Wayanad (Kerala)
Date – November. 2018

Tithonia diversifolia (Hemsl.) A.Gray : 9 posts by 2 authors. 7 images- 6 mb ore more.
Location: Kalimpong, WB, India
Date: 26 November 2019 
Elevation: 1350m.
Habitat: Wild


Tithonia diversifolia (Hemsl.) A. Gray: 4 very high res. images.

Location: Taplejung, East Nepal
Habit : Wild
Images sent by Mr. Sajan Subedi !