Senecio velleioides A.Cunn. ex DC.

Forest Groundsel

Prodr. 6: 374 (1838) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Slender, erect, simple or few-branched, glabrous annual or short-lived perennial, 30–100(–160) cm high. Leaves sessile, the lower auriculate, oblanceolate or obovate, coarsely toothed to entire, becoming ovate to lanceolate, entire, with broadly stem-clasping (often overlapping) bases above, 3–14 cm long, 8–40 mm wide; upper surface dull green, somewhat waxy; lower surface grey-green, waxy. Inflorescence of c. 10–30 capitula; capitula radiate; involucre cup-shaped or campanulate, 6–10 mm long; bracts 12–16; bracteoles not immediately subtending involucre. Ray florets 6–9, yellow, ligules 8–15 mm long; disc florets c. 30–50, yellow. Cypselas cylindric, 2–3 mm long, with 8–10 prominent, alternately glabrous and hairy channels, brown to blackish; pappus of fine white barbellate hairs 3–4 mm long, deciduous Flowers Oct.–Mar.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, OtR, Strz, VAlp, VVP, WaP, WPro. Also NSW, Tas. Locally common in wet forests east from the Grampians, usually appearing in canopy gaps or track margins following disturbance.

Specimens from the Grampians, previously included in S. velleioides have been recognised as a distinct species, S. pilosicristus.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1999). Senecio. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2021-01-01
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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 velleioides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Senecio velleioides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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New South Wales