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Family: Compositae
Senecio angulatus

Citation: L.f., Suppl. 369 (1782).

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: Cape ivy.

Glabrous perennial, erect or scrambling to 2-3 m, branching; stem cylindrical, striate; leaves coriaceous or fleshy; petioles 1-3.5 cm long; blade palmately veined, rhombic to ovate to broadly deltoid, 3.5-5 x 1.5-3.5 cm, distantly toothed, sometimes basally lobed.

Inflorescence a terminal cymose corymb or panicle of usually 8-12 capitula, subdichotomous, branches diverging at 30-45, of near-equal length; involucre obconical, 5-7 x 3-4 mm; bracts 7 or 8; calyculus of 3 or 4 linear bracteoles 1-2 mm long; ray florets 4-6, usually 5; ligules 7 x 4 mm, 4-nerved; disk florets 10-15.

Achene 2.2 x 0.5 mm, light-brown with scattered erect short hairs; pappus uniform, deciduous.

Distribution:  Cultivated in Adelaide suburbs, apparently escaping from cultivation in Mount Gambier and possibly elsewhere. Probably best considered as persistent after cultivation, rather than naturalised (pers. comm. D. E. Symon) but with a potential for becoming established.

S.Aust.: MU, SL, SE.   Vic.   New Zealand, established on the North Island; native of South Africa.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: April — Sept.

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Biology: Thought to have been a cause of horse-poisoning in Mount Gambier.

Author: Not yet available

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