Senecio helichrysoides F.Muell.

Trans. Proc. Victoria Inst. Adv. Sci. 39 (1855) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Extinct

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: extinct (x)

Erect annual to 0.5 m high; stems densely wooly. Leaves pseudopetiolate becoming sessile upwards, attenuate at base, 6–8 cm long, to 3 cm wide, densely woolly; mid-stem leaves narrow to very narrow-elliptic, entire or lobate; upper leaves linear. Inflorescence corymbose, with c. 20 capitula; capitula non-radiate; involucre cylindric, c. 6 mm long, woolly; bracts 12–14; bracteoles present; florets c. 40, all bisexual. Cypselas glabrous (according to protologue; not seen); pappus of slender hairs, c. 6 mm long, deciduous. Flowers summer

Also SA. In Victoria known only from a single pre-1900 specimen collected at Lake Hindmarsh and possibly now extinct.

This is a distinctive species that is easily distinguished from other Victorian Senecio species by its dense woolliness on all vegetative parts. This species is only known from three collections all of which are over 150 years old.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2015-09-18
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2017-07-06
Distribution map
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 helichrysoides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Senecio helichrysoides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee extinct native

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South Australia