Senecio vulgaris L. APNI*
Description: Erect annual herb 10–50 cm high, ± succulent, base usually purplish; glabrous or with scattered hairs.
Leaves oblanceolate to obovate, usually 3–8 cm long, 15–30 mm wide, pinnatifid with lobes coarsely toothed, sparsely hairy on veins; petioles 0–20 mm long, longest below, reducing and lamina ± stem-clasping and auriculate above.
Inflorescence corymbose, heads 8–25; heads broad-cylindrical, c. 4 mm diam.; involucral bracts usually 18–23, c. 7 mm long, conspicuously black for much of their length; bracteoles 8–10, conspicuously black for much of their length. Florets all tubular, 50–70, about as long as involucre.
Achenes c. 2 mm long, reddish brown; pappus 5–7 mm long.
Flowering: mainly winter–spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Weed of disturbed sites; chiefly south of Sydney. Native of Eur.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *SC, *CT, *ST
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *Tas. *W.A. *S.A.
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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