Senecio linearifolius var. linearifolius

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Plants not glaucous. Upper-stem leaves very narrow-elliptic, narrow-lanceolate or linear to narrow-linear, to 15 cm long, with l:w ratio 5–30, commonly greater than 10; base (excluding auricles) narrow-cuneate to attenuate; auricles often present, largely discontinuous with lamina, entire or with a smaller lobe or segment near base and on proximal margin; margin entire or callus-denticulate, mostly narrowly revolute; lower surface glabrous or slightly or occasionally moderately ± appressed-cobwebby; secondary venation not or slightly raised; tertiary venation usually obscure. Involucre 3.0–5.0 mm long, 1.5–2.5 mm diam.; bracts 8–13. Florets 12–22; ray florets 4–8; disc florets 8–14. Cypselas 1.3–2.0 mm long, papillose-hairy in bands. Flowers Sept.–May.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, HSF, MonT, OtP, OtR, VAlp, VRiv, VVP. Also SA (uncertain origin), Tas. Scattered throughout the south of the state in forests and woodlands.

This variety exhibits variation in the shape, thickness and indumentum of the leaves throughout its range. Plants from the Brisbane Ranges have very narrow and occasionally woolly leaves, those from coastal areas have leaves that are fleshier han those further inland, and those from south-west Victoria approach var. gariwerdensis but have narrower leaves and more prominent auricles, and east of Melbourne var. linearifolius possibly intergrades with var. denticulatus (Thompson 2004b).

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2015-10-01
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-26
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Senecio
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Senecio linearifolius var. linearifolius in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Senecio linearifolius var. linearifolius in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales