Senecio pinnatifolius var. alpinus (Ali) I.Thomps.

Muelleria 21: 52 (2005) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Rhizomatous perennial herb, erect, suberect, or ascending to c. 1 m high, with tap-root poorly or moderately developed. Mid-stem leaves 2–10 cm long, undivided to bipinnatisect, subfleshy. Peduncles with sparse to somewhat dense indumentum of short hairs; involucre 3.5–6.0 mm long; bracts mostly c. 13, with apex brown or black; stereome slightly fleshy, sometimes slightly pubescent; bracteoles 6–12, ovate to narrow-ovate, 1.5–3.0 mm long, 0.6–1.2 mm wide, with margin typically ± densely hairy. Cypselas 2.5–3.5 mm long; hairs of cypselas of ray florets not exceeding pappus-ring. Flowers Dec.–Feb.

EGU, HNF, MonT, SnM, VAlp, VRiv. Also NSW, ACT, Tas. Occasional in subalpine forest and woodland, damp herbfield and grassland throughout the alps.

At slightly lower altitudes, this variety appears to grade into var. pinnatifolius through a large-leaved form possibly equivalent with S. rupicola A. Rich., but here not regarded as warranting formal recognition.

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 (as Senecio pinnatifolius var. pleiocephalus (Rodway) Belcher).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-12-11
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Senecio pinnatifolius var. alpinus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Senecio pinnatifolius var. alpinus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory