Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)

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  • The scientific name of the sunflower comes from the Greek helios, meaning 'sun' and anthos, meaning 'flower'
  • Each sunflower is not a single flower, but many small reddish-brown disk flowers surrounded by yellow ray flowers
  • Widely grown in gardens, the sunflower is an ornamental plant which is also grown for commercial purposes
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Sunflower description

KingdomPlantae
PhylumTracheophyta
ClassMagnoliopsida
OrderAsterales
FamilyCompositae
GenusHelianthus (1)

Information on the sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is currently being researched and written and will appear here shortly.

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Sunflower status

The sunflower is not yet classified on the IUCN Red List.

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This information is awaiting authentication by a species expert, and will be updated as soon as possible. If you are able to help please contact:
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References

  1. UNEP-WCMC Species Database (July, 2012)
    http://www.unep-wcmc.org/
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