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Genus: Zinnia

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid II > Family: Asteraceae > Tribe: Heliantheae

Zinnia peruviana

A naturalized weed in the highveld regions of South Africa. Originates from South America.


The 22 species are native to the Americas. Zinnia peruviana is an introduced weed in southern Africa, while there are there are three additional species cultivated in the region.  

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa - an online checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Zinnia peruviana (Redstar Zinnia)

Wildejakobregop [Afrikaans]

See KwaZulu-Natal wild flowers by Elsa Pooley p. 82; Wild Flowers of the Highveld by Braam van Wyk and Sasa Malan p. 192. and Flora of Zimbabwe.

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Zinnia angustifolia

[= Zinnia linearis]

Native to Mexico.

Zinnia elegans

Native to Mexico.

Zinnia haageana


  • Torres, A.M. 1963. Taxonomy of Zinnia. Brittonia 15: 1-25.


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