The following image is thought to be Zinnia peruviana due to its simple opposite leaves and pink ray flowers. These pictures were taken in 2000. As far as I recall, now being 2005, the preceding two images were the same plant. All of these plants appeared to be inter-related. This said, an expert in the flora of mesoamerica was uncertain about any of the other flowers on this page, other than that they are definitely not the Mexican sunflower Tithonia My thanks to John Pruski of the Missouri Botanical Garden for his kind assistance.
Photos taken in Palikir, Pohnpei.
Genus Species: Undetermined
Family: Aster family?
Chuukese name: none
English name: none
Kosraen name: none
Pohnpeian name: none
Yapese name: none
Growth from: herb
Growth location: terrestrial, exposed to sunlight
Growth environment: dry areas
Growth zone: tropical
Average height: 36 in.
Stem: light green, branches from main stem
Leaf arrangement: opposite
Petioles: green, 3 cm
Leaf blade: green, hairy on the bottom, deltoid
Inflorescence: Varies among plants, single flowered, 2.5 inches-pedicel
Floral bracts: none
Flower: actinomorphic, complete, ligulate flowers in the middle, pink, yellow, white
Corolla: varies, pink, yellow, white
Stamens:numerous, color varies, very small
Ovary: inferior, green, 2 cm wide
Style:1 cm, varies,
Anything else: newly introduced
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