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Galinsoga quadriradiata.jpg
Galinsoga quadriradiata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Galinsoga
Type species
Galinsoga parviflora

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Galinsoga is a genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae. Members include Galinsoga parviflora, Galinsoga urticifolia, and Galinsoga quadriradiata.

Galinsoga parviflora was brought from Peru to Kew Gardens in 1796, and later escaped to the wild in Britain. In Britain its name Galinsoga is sometimes popularly rendered as "gallant soldiers", and then sometimes altered to "soldiers of the Queen". In the United States it is called "hairy galinsoga".

G. quadriradiata (synonym G. ciliata) is also called "shaggy soldiers". It is very similar to Galinsoga parviflora but less hairy.

The name Galinsoga was dedicated to Ignacio Mariano Martinez de Galinsoga, who founded the Spanish Real Academia Nacional de Medicina and was director of the Jardin botanique de Madrid.[1]


  1. ^ (Spanish) Martinez de Galinsoga, Genealoga Familia Pérez Martinez