Senecio spathulatus var. latifructus I.Thomps. APNI*
Description: Perennial to 0.5 m high, sprawling to prostrate, ± glabrous.
Leaves in mid-region of major branches not tapering or tapering only slightly basally.
Involucre 7.0–11.0 mm long.
Achenes 4.0–7.0 mm long; pale brown or straw coloured, with ribs sometimes indistinct; papillose hairs absent or rarely scattered in narrow bands. Pappus sometimes shorter than the achene, paricularly for marginal achenes, with bristles sometimes fused basally.
Flowering: Flowers most of the year.
Distribution and occurrence: Occurs on the Victorian coast E from Wilson's Promontory and in adjacent areas of far SE New South Wales. SC; Vic.
Mostly on frontal dunes.
NSW subdivisions: SC
Other Australian states: Vic.
This variety has the largest flowerheads and achenes of the varieties. Although mostly with glabrous, sometimes unribbed achenes, occasional specimens have pale yellow achenes with scattered hairs.
Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Ian R. Thompson (2005) Taxonomic studies of Australian Senecio (Asteraceae): 5. The pinnatifolius/S. lautus complex. Muelleria 21: 23-76.
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