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Tagetes erecta
(African marigold)



Tagetes erecta (African marigold)


  • Last modified
  • 08 November 2018
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Invasive Species
  • Host Plant
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Tagetes erecta
  • Preferred Common Name
  • African marigold
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Plantae
  •     Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •       Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •         Class: Dicotyledonae
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Tagetes erecta

Preferred Common Name

  • African marigold

International Common Names

  • English: big marigold
  • Spanish: cempasuchil; flor de muerto
  • French: tagete etalee

Local Common Names

  • Cuba: chambergo; clavelón; copetuda
  • Germany: Aufrechte Sammetblume
  • Netherlands: Afrikaantjes

EPPO code

  • TAGER (Tagetes erecta)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Plantae
  •         Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •             Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •                 Class: Dicotyledonae
  •                     Order: Asterales
  •                         Family: Asteraceae
  •                             Genus: Tagetes
  •                                 Species: Tagetes erecta

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Continent/Country/RegionDistributionLast ReportedOriginFirst ReportedInvasiveReferenceNotes


-AssamUnconfirmed record
-Indian PunjabUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts
-Uttar PradeshUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts
-West BengalPresent
JapanUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts
-HonshuUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts

North America

MexicoPresentNativeOviedo Prieto et al., 2012
USAPresentPresent based on regional distribution.
-ArizonaUnconfirmed record
-ArkansasUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts
-MinnesotaUnconfirmed record

Central America and Caribbean

CubaPresentIntroduced Invasive Oviedo Prieto et al., 2012


RomaniaPresentSîrbu et al., 2011


Papua New GuineaUnconfirmed record

Habitat List

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Uses List

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Animal feed, fodder, forage

  • Fodder/animal feed


  • Host of pest


  • Ornamental

Human food and beverage

  • Food additive


  • Pesticide

Medicinal, pharmaceutical

  • Traditional/folklore


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Oviedo Prieto R; Herrera Oliver P; Caluff MG, et al. , 2012. National list of invasive and potentially invasive plants in the Republic of Cuba - 2011. (Lista nacional de especies de plantas invasoras y potencialmente invasoras en la República de Cuba - 2011). Bissea: Boletín sobre Conservación de Plantas del Jardín Botánico Nacional de Cuba, 6(Special Issue 1):22-96.

Sîrbu C; Oprea A; Eliás P Jr; Ferus P, 2011. New contribution to the study of alien Flora in Romania. Journal of Plant Development, 18:121-134.

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