Common name: Tall Groundsel
Senecio runcinifolius J.H.Willis APNI*
Description: Erect perennial herb 15–80 cm high, several-stemmed, glabrescent with new growth tomentose.
Leaves runcinate-pinnatisect, 5–10 cm long, 20–40 mm wide, with several retrorse coarsely toothed lobes on each side, upper surface green and glabrous, lower surface purplish and glabrous or sparsely hairy; ± sessile.
Inflorescence corymbose; heads 3–3.5 mm diam., tomentose at base; involucral bracts 12–14, 8–10 mm long; bracteoles 3–6. Florets 45–55, c. 2 mm longer than involucre; outer florets filiform; inner florets tubular.
Achenes 2.5–3 mm long, reddish brown; pappus c. 10 mm long.
Flowering: mainly spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows chiefly in sclerophyll woodland or saltbush plains, often near water in semi-arid regions; widespread, but not common, south from Mungindi.
NSW subdivisions: SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Vic. S.A.
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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