Senecio cunninghamii var. cunninghamii

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Erect or spreading shrub to 1.2 m high, glabrous (young growth sometimes minutely cobwebbed), usually somewhat glaucous. Leaves sessile, often shortly auriculate, narrow-lanceolate or linear, 3–15 cm long, 2–4(–7) mm wide, entire or obscurely toothed; margin usually revolute. Inflorescence corymbose, typically 2–8 cm across, with c. 6–30 capitula; capitula non-radiate; involucre cylindric, 4–6.5 mm long, glabrous; bracts 7 or 8; bracteoles present; florets 8–12, all bisexual. Cypselas cylindric or narrow-fusiform, 2–3 mm long, brown, broadly ribbed, papillose-hairy in intervening grooves; pappus of slender hairs c. 5 mm long, deciduous.  Flowers Oct.–Apr.

CVU, DunT, GipP, Glep, Gold, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, OtP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also WA, NSW. Grows in heavy sometimes winter-wet soils as well as dry rocky soils, commonly on embankments or escarpments.

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, 2019-03-05
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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 cunninghamii var. cunninghamii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Senecio cunninghamii var. cunninghamii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native

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South Australia
New South Wales