Senecio platylepis DC.

Prodr. 6: 371 (1838) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Erect, simple or few-branched, weakly pubescent, somewhat fleshy annual to c. 30 cm high. Leaves sessile, lanceolate to oblanceolate in outline, 2–10 cm long, 6–20 mm wide, pinnatifid to bipinnatisect, at least the cauline leaves stem-clasping and often strongly dilated at base. Inflorescence of 1–5(–12) capitula; peduncles hollow and somewhat expanded just below capitula; capitula radiate; involucre cup-shaped or campanulate, 7–10 mm long; bracts 11–20; bracteoles absent or up to c. 5. Ray florets 7–16, bright yellow, ligules 9–13 mm long; disc florets c. 30–60, yellow. Cypselas cylindric, 4.5–5.5 mm long, densely white-pubescent; pappus of white barbellate hairs 6–8 mm long, persistent. Flowers Aug.–Oct.

LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB. Also Qld, NSW. In Victoria confined to the far north-west (e.g. Lake Wallawalla, Pink Lakes state Park), where localized on loamier soils. Usually appearing only following good winter rains.

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: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-11-23
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Senecio
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Senecio platylepis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Senecio platylepis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Murray Fans present native

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New South Wales