Senecio behrianus Sond. & F.Muell. ex Sond.

Linnaea 25: 527 (1853) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:EPBC: endangered (EN); Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Extensively rhizomatous perennial to c. 1 m high; branchlets minutely whitish-pubescent, but soon becoming glabrous. Leaves subsessile, linear or very narrow-elliptic, 2–8 cm long, 1–5 mm wide, thick-textured, greyish; surfaces initially minutely whitish-pubescent, but soon becoming glabrous, or lower surface remaining mealy; margins flat or somewhat recurved, entire or distantly callous-toothed. Capitula radiate, solitary and terminal, or few in a slender corymb or panicle; involucre broadly cylindric, 4–6 mm long; bracts 12 or 13, appressed greyish-pubescent or mealy; bracteoles present. Ray florets c. 6, yellow, ligules 3.5–5 mm long; disc florets 10–15. Cypselas tapered slightly toward apex, 2–2.7 mm long, c. 9-ribbed, sparsely papillose-hairy between ribs; pappus of slender hairs c. 7 mm long, deciduous. Flowers Mar.–Jun.

DunT, Gold, MuF, VRiv, VVP. Also SA, NSW (but possibly extinct in both states). Exceedingly rare in Victoria, and thought to be extinct until 1991 when rediscovered between Rochester and Stanhope, and Miners Rest near Ballarat in 2004. Apparently confined to heavy, winter-wet, clayey soils. Formerly known from Casterton, Swan Hill, Barham areas, with specimens from the 'Wimmera', and You Yangs near Lara of uncertain affinity, but closest to Senecio behrianus.

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, 2018-02-08
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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 behrianus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Senecio behrianus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Goldfields present native
Dundas Tablelands present native

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South Australia
New South Wales