Flowering Plants of Kerala: Yellow Cosmos

On In
Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta or Angiosperms – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicots
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae (The Aster family)
Botanical name: Cosmos sulphureus
Common Name: Yellow Cosmos, Orange Cosmos
Habit: Annual Herb

Cosmos sulphureus refers to both yellow and orange Cosmos. Double-flowered Cosmos are also found. The name sulphureus means 'sulphur coloured’, referring to the bright yellow blooms of the species. It is very easy to grow the plant. Propagation is done from seeds. The bowl-shaped flowers are very attractive to butterflies. Below you can see the pictures of a butterfly feeding from the flower. Luckily, the butter allowed me to take very closeup shots.

Butterfly feeding on Cosmos sulphureus
Butterfly feeding on Cosmos sulphureus
The above pictures were taken with Nikon Coolpix. Please click on each picture to get the full view.
Location: My garden at Kottayam, Kerala

Further Reading:

Flowers of India

5 comments:

  1. The butterfly on the bright yellow flower is a picture to preserve.

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  2. Gorgeous! What patience you must have to get both the flower and the butterfly so clearly.

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  3. Lovely! Well captured with the butterfly.

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