Senecio esleri C.J.Webb APNI*
Synonyms: Senecio brevitubulus I.Thomps. APNI*
Description: Herbs to c. 1 m high. Stems coarsely hairy towards base, sparser on upper stem.
Leaves broad-elliptic to narrow-elliptic in outline, 8–12 cm long, pinnatisect; segments 3–6 per side, antrorse, ± linear or variously shaped; base auriculate, with auricles pinnatisect, moderately stem clasping; margin with scattered denticulations or teeth; both surfaces glabrous or with a few coarse hairs on midrib of lower surface; lower surface green.
Inflorescence corymbose, much branched, with numerous heads (often 50–100); heads cylindrical, 1.4–1.8 mm diam., glabrous; involucral bracts 11–13, 3.5–4.5 mm long; bracteoles 3–6. Florets 30–45; outer florets filiform; inner florets tubular.
Achenes 2.0–2.7 mm long, red-brown, with papillose hairs in lines; pappus 4–5 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence:
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Thompson, Flora of Australia, vol. 37 (2015)
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