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(tɪˈθəʊnɪə; tɪˈθəʊnjə; taɪˈθəʊnɪə; taɪˈθəʊnjə)
(Plants) a Central American herb with flowers resembling sunflowers


(tɪˈθoʊ ni ə, -ˈθoʊn yə)

n., pl. -ni•as.
any tall composite plant of the genus Tithonia, native to Mexico and Central America, having yellow or orange-red ray flowers.
[1935–40; < New Latin, = Latin Tīthōn(us) husband of Aurora + -ia -ia]
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Noun1.tithonia - any plant of the genus Tithonia; tall coarse herbs or shrubs of Mexico to Panama having large flower heads resembling sunflowers with yellow disc florets and golden-yellow to orange-scarlet rays
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
genus Tithonia - genus of robust herbs of Mexico and Central America: Mexican sunflower
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Noens captured a stunning photo of a Monarch atop a Mexican Sunflower, tithonia Rotundafolia.
At the same time, Mr Majanga suggested the planting of a tithonia hedge around the farm that could be used in making compost since it has a lot of nitrogen.
Comparison of Tithonia (Tithonia diversifoliia) green manure and inorganic sources of Nitrogen in growth of kales (Brassica oleraceae) in nyeri county, Kenya, AJFAND pg 8791-8803
The organic citrus grove was surrounded by a rain retention furrow filled with wind-breaking vegetation--Casuarina (Casuarinaceae), Eugenia (Myrtaceae), Eucalyptus (Myrtaceae), Tithonia (Asteraceae), Sabal (Arecaceae), and other plants--on 3 sides that fostered a heavy buildup of moist detritus and, at times, stagnant water puddles.
Economic efficiency of green maize intercropped with beans grown under Tithonia and inorganic fertilizer, 11(18): 1638-1645.
Efecto de la oferta y el consumo de Tithonia diversifolia en un sistema silvopastoril intensivo (SSPI), en la calidad y productividad de leche bovina en el piedemonte Amazonico colombiano.
Tithonia diversifolia, popularly known as Mexican sunflower, is regarded as a promising source of feed for animals, because it is a perennial fast growing plant and has high capacity of recovery after cutting, even if it is close to the soil, besides achieving yields between 30 and 70 t [ha.
Enforced herbivory on Canavalia ensiformis and Tithonia diversifolia and its effects on leaf-cutting ants, Atta cephalotes.
It depends whether you want big - in which case try Tithonia rotundifolia "Torch" (Mexican Sunflower) - or shorter.
Miranda, Cardoso, Batista, Rodrigues, & Figueiredo (2016) evaluated the antioxidant properties of essential oils of fresh leaves from Coniza bonariensis, Parthenium hysterophorus, Tithonia diversifolia, Ambrosia polystachya, Hedychium coronarium and Baccharis dracunculifolia, extracted by hydrodistillation.