Senecio madagascariensis Poir.

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Senecio madagascariensis

Zambezi floodplain at Mongu
Dec 1995
Photo: Mike Bingham

Senecio madagascariensis

Zambezi floodplain at Mongu
Dec 1995
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Status: Native
Annual or biennial herb, 20–60 cm high, mostly erect, sometimes much-branched, glabrous or sparsely hairy. Leaves variable, narrow-lanceolate to elliptic or oblanceolate, 2–7 cm long, 3–10 mm wide, margins entire or variously toothed or rarely upper leaves pinnatifid, lamina glabrous, base tapered, stem-clasping and often auriculate in upper leaves. Inflorescence loosely corymbose, heads usually 2–10 heads; heads narrow-campanulate, 3.5–4 mm diam., ± glabrous; involucral bracts 19–21, 4–5 mm long; bracteoles 8–12. Ray florets mostly 13–15; ligules 6–10 mm long. Achenes 1.5–2.5 mm long, brown; pappus 4–6.5 mm long.
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Derivation of specific name: madagascariensis: of Madagascar
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Worldwide distribution: Zambia, tropical and sub-tropical Africa extending to the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, Madagascar, Seychelles
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B
Zambian distribution (Provinces): W
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Content last updated: Friday 29 July 2016

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Pages 214 - 215. (Includes a picture).

Beentje, H.J. & Ghazanfar, S.A. (eds.) (2005). Compositae (Part 3) Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 669.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 28.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Page 326. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Senecio madagascariensis., retrieved 19 July 2024

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