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Common name: Hill Fireweed
Senecio hispidulus A.Rich. APNI*
Synonyms: Senecio hispidulus A.Rich. var. hispidulus APNI*
Description: Erect herb, mostly 30–100 cm high, simple or much-branched from ± woody base, minutely to densely hairy with crisped multicellular hairs.
Leaves ± lanceolate, or oblanceolate to obovate in outline, 3–8 cm long, 5–30 mm wide, unlobed or pinnatifid to bipinnatisect, margins ± toothed, lower surface ± densely covered with erect multicellular hairs ending in long filaments, upper surface scabrous, hairs usually short from a multicellular base.
Inflorescence corymbose, compact at first and then becoming open; heads cylindrical, 2–3 mm diam., glabrous; involucral bracts 11–13, 4–5 mm long; bracteoles 2–4. Florets 20–35, slightly longer than involucre; outer florets filiform; inner florets tubular.
Achenes 1.5–2.7 mm long, brown; pappus 5–6 mm long.
Flowering: mainly spring and summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows mainly in disturbed sites; widespread.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A.
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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