Senecio queenslandicus I.Thomps. APNI*
Description: Erect or briefly ascending herb to 0.4 m high with many stems with sparse to moderately cottony hairs.
Leaves in the middle third of stems few and ± evenly spaced and sized, very narrow-elliptic, narrow-oblanceolate or ± linear, 5–10 cm long, occassionaly coarse-dentate to lobate, base attenuate, both surfaces usually sparcely scabridulous, becoming cobwebby or ± glabrous. Uppermost leaves linear to narrow-linear.
Inflorescence corymbose with several to many flower heads, typically 10–50 per stem; involucre 6–8 mm long, 2–2.5 mm diam; bracteoles 4–6. Florets 50–80, disciform, c. 80% female, corolla of bisexual florets 5.5–7 mm long, 4-lobed; corolla of female florets 0.1 mm long, 3-lobed.
Achenes 2.5- 4.0 mm long, brown or green; pappus 5.5–6.5 mm long.
Flowering: Flowers most of the year, more so in spring–summer.
Distribution and occurrence: In north central NSW from Weemelah to Moree and further SE near Muswellbrook. In SE Queensland from Blackall ESE to Moggill.
Grows in a wide range of soil types, in cleared land, grassland, shrubland, woodland at low altitudes in semiarid climates.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NWS, CWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Ian R. Thompson (2004) Taxanomic Studies of Senecio (Asteraceae): 1. The Disciform species. Muelleria 19: 101-214
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