Common name: Cape Ivy
Delairea odorata Lem. APNI*
Synonyms: Senecio mikanioides Otto ex Walp. APNI*
Description: Twining perennial, with slender ± succulent stems to 3 m long, glabrous.
Leaves with lamina ± broad-ovate to circular, 4–8 cm long and wide, base cordate, margins palmately lobed or angled, palmately veined with 3–7 veins, ± fleshy, glabrous; petiole 4–7 cm long; stipules reniform, 5–10 mm wide.
Inflorescence corymbose, mostly axillary and longer than leaves; heads 15–50 on stalks 2–5 mm long; heads cylindrical, 2–2.5 mm diam.; bracts 8–10, 3–5 mm long with 2–4 smaller bracteoles at base. Florets all tubular, 10–12, c. 5 mm longer than involucre, yellow.
Achenes c. 2 mm long, reddish brown, glabrous; pappus 5–6 mm long, white.
Flowering: chiefly winter.
Distribution and occurrence: Native of S Afr. Weed in moist gullies; chiefly in coastal districts, south from Brunswick Heads.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *CT, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Vic. *Tas. *S.A.
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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