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Family: Compositae
Senecio hispidulus

Citation: A. Rich., Voy. l'Astrolabe 2: t. 34 (1833).

Synonymy: Erechlites hispidula (A. Rich.)DC., Prod. 6:296 (1838), non Benlb. Fl. Aust. 3:660 (1867): E. arguta sensu J. Black, Fl. S. Aust. 610 (1929), partly excluding var. microcephala, non (A. Rich.)DC.; S. multicaulis A. Rich., Voy. l'Astrolabe 2:105 (1833); S. pusillus A. Rich., Voy. l'Astrolabe 2:99 (1833). , Senecio hispidulus

Common name: (Rough)fireweed.

Erect herb or undershrub, 30-120 cm high, simple or much-branched from the base; leaves lanceolate to obovate, 3-6 x 0.5-2 cm, dentate to coarsely lobate, sessile, auriculate, auricles coarsely bidentate, the lower surface more or less densely covered with erect multicellular hairs terminating in long tangled wisps, the upper surface beset with short scabrid hairs rapidly tapered from a multicellular tuberculate base, and a few multicellular hairs with wisps.

Inflorescence a corymbose panicle of 50-300 capitula, compact at first and slightly cobwebby, becoming lax and subglabrous; peduncles 6-15 mm long: involucres cylindrical, 5-7 x 2-2.5 mm, subglabrous; bracts 13; calyculus of 1-4 narrowly triangular bracteoles; female florets 15-25, rather regularly 4-lobed, rarely 3-lobed; disk florets l0 or less, 4- or 5-lobed.

Achenes 1.5-2.7 x 0.4-0.6 mm, light- to dark-brown and briefly hairy in broad bands in the grooves; pappus deciduous, dimorphic.

Distribution:  Temperate to subtropical regions with more than 600 mm annual rainfall. Most frequent in clearings or margins of the forests, often locally abundant along roadsides.

S.Aust.: SL, KI.   W.Aust.; Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas.   Apparently adventive in New Zealand.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Sept. — Feb.

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