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Senecio howeanus Belcher
Family Asteraceae
Senecio howeanus Belcher APNI*

Description: Annual herb or short-lived perennial, spreading or erect to 40 cm, with scattered wispy hairs.

Lower leaves crowded, subpetiolate, obovate to oblanceolate, without auricles, to 4 cm long, 1.2 cm broad, entire or remotely callose-denticulate; mid-cauline leaves subpetiolate, oblanceolate, auriculate, lobulate or 2–4-pinnately lobed; upper leaves sessile, clasping, auriculate.

Capitula few-100 in a cymose inflorescence; calycular bracteoles 4–6, linear-lanceolate, 1.5–2 mm long, crowded below receptacle; involucral bracts (9-) 11–13, 4.5–6 mm long. Outer florets 8–10, usually female, often with staminodes, sometimes with pollen, slender, tubular, yellow; lobes (2-) 3 or 4 (-5); disc florets 15–25, funnel-shaped; lobes 4 or 5.

Cypselas 2.2–2.5 mm long, brown; pappus hairs persistent.


Illustration
L. Elkan

Herbarium
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Distribution and occurrence: Endemic to Lord Howe Island & neighbouring islets.

Common near the shore, scattered at higher elevations.
NSW subdivisions: LHI
AVH map***

Text by R.O. Belcher
Taxon concept: Flora of Australia 49, Oceanic Islands 1


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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