Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Zinnia grandiflora Nuttall
(Wild Zinnia, Plains Zinnia)

Family: Asteraceae

Status: Native

Crassina grandiflora (Nuttall) Kuntze

Zinnia grandiflora is a small herb with a few ovate yellow ray flowers and a columnar orange disc raised above the ray flowers. The leaves are gray-green and linear. Zinnia grandiflora is found in dry meadows and hillsides in full sunlight. The disc achenes are slightly ribbed, and the ray achenes are angled. There is no pappus.
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Zinnia grandiflora, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., Hoodoo Cyn., Aug. 12, 2008

Zinnia grandiflora, macro of disc achene (bottom) and ray achene (top), photo Russ Kleinman, Ridge Road at the Grant County/Silver City airport, October 8, 2009

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