SPECIES DESCRIPTION
SENECIO LEUCANTHEMIFOLIUS

Family:- COMPOSITAE/Sect. SENECIO

Common Names:- None

Synonyms:- None

Meaning:- Senecio (L) Old-man, a name used by the Roman naturalist and
philosopher Pliny, reference to the grey hairiness as soon as fruiting starts.
                  Leucanthemifolius (L) With leaves resembling those of
Leucanthemum.    
                
General description:- Annual. Subglabrous or sparsely floccose annual.

Stem:-
1) 5-25 cm. usually several, slender, ascending, simple or sparingly branched.

Leaves:-
1) Broadly oblanceolate in outline, slightly fleshy, coarsely dentate to pinnatisect.
    a) lower sometimes obovate and scarcely divided.
    b) upper with linear-oblong segments.

Flowers:-
1) Capitulum 15-22 mm diam.
2) Involucral bracts 5-7 mm, linear-lanceolate, glabrous, concolorous; often black
    tipped, supplementary bracts, several, up to 2 mm, usually blackish.
3) Ligules c. 13, c. 8 mm, yellow above, reddish beneath.

Fruit:-
1) Achenes 2-3 mm, 8-10-ribbed, pubescent between the ribs.
2) Pappus c. 5 mm.

Key features:-
1) Subglabrous, usually fleshy, with unlobed obovate basal leaves.
2) Auricles of the upper cauline leaves entire or shallowly dentate.

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Habitat:- Sandy coasal habitats, open dry shrubby vegetation on rocky slopes,
roadside gravel, screes, fallow fields. 0-600(-1200) m.

Distribution:- Mainly the central and western Mediterranean. rare on Crete known
from only a few scattered locations in mainly coastal areas.

Flowering Time:- Late Mar to early June.

Photo by:- Steve Lenton