Senecio pinnatifolius var. pinnatifolius

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect, sprawling or prostrate herb to c. 1.5 m high, with tap-root usually moderately to well-developed. Mid-stem leaves 1.5–10 cm long, undivided to bipinnatisect, thin, fleshy or succulent. Peduncles glabrous or with long hairs; involucre 3.0–7.5 mm long; bracts mostly c. 13 or c. 20, with apex purple; stereome slightly to moderately fleshy or succulent; bracteoles 6–10, ovate to narrow-ovate, 1.0–2.0(–2.5) mm long, 0.3–1.2 mm wide, with margin glabrous or with generally weak hairs. Cypselas 2.0–4.5 mm long; hairs of cypselas of ray florets mostly not exceeding pappus-ring. Flowers Aug.–Mar.

CVU, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, MonT, MuM, NIS, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Scattered throughout the state in a variety of habitats including coastal dunes, forest, woodland and shrubland, in dry and wet regions.

This variety is the most morphologically variable of the currently acknowledged Senecio pinnatifolius varieties. Most of the more readily recognisable forms within this variety do not occur in Victoria, but a reasonably recognisable form from the north-east has large capitula with c. 20 involucral bracts and filamentous leaf segments (Thompson 2005).

The name Senecio rupicola A. Rich. has been applied to plants with relatively large usually 2–3-pinnatifid leaves with rachis and segments 2–3 mm wide or more. In Victoria, these forms occur primarily in moist, often montane forests, but they are so completely linked with the typical form (and perhaps intergrade with var. alpinus) that formal recognition at any rank seems superfluous.

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, 2018-12-11

Thompson, I.R. (2005). Taxonomic studies of Australian Senecio (Asteraceae) 5. The S. pinnatifolius/S. lautus complex., Muelleria 21: 23-76.

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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 pinnatifolius var. pinnatifolius in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Senecio pinnatifolius var. pinnatifolius in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory