Senecio L.

This genus is accepted, and its native range is Cosmopolitan.


M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008]

Morphology General Habit
Annual or perennial herbs, shrubs or small trees, sometimes climbing
Morphology Leaves
Leaves entire to pinnatifid
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Capitula solitary and terminal or corymbose to paniculate, radiate or discoid; phyllaries uniseriate, with an outer series of linear bracts forming a calyculus, receptacle without paleae
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Florets mostly yellow; ray florets mostly pistillate; disk florets bisexual, tubular-campanulate, (4–)5-lobed; style branches truncate with a penicillate tip
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes ellipsoid-oblong, ribbed; pappus of many slender barbellate bristles.
Genus of more than 1400 species and with a world-wide distribution.


Compositae, H. Beentje, C. Jeffrey & D.J.N. Hind. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2005

Morphology General Habit
Annual or perennial herbs or shrubs, sometimes scandent
Morphology Leaves
Leaves usually alternate, very variable
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence from solitary capitula to very compound many-headed cymes or panicles
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Capitulum
Capitula discoid or radiate, usually stalked, solitary or in groups which often form corymbose cymes; involucre usually with a single row of phyllaries subtended by a small calyculus of much smaller bracts; phyllaries free or rarely connate, with membranous or scarious margin
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers mostly yellow, sometimes purple or reddish; anthers ecaudate, obtuse or sagittate at base, appendiculate at apex; style branches obtuse or truncate with a ring of hairs and stigmatic lines
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes cylindrical, ellipsoid or obovoid, with a pappus of fine bristles.

Native to:

Afghanistan, Alaska, Albania, Alberta, Algeria, Altay, Amur, Angola, Antipodean Is., Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Argentina South, Arizona, Assam, Austria, Azores, Baleares, Baltic States, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, British Columbia, Bulgaria, Burundi, Buryatiya, California, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, Central African Repu, Central European Rus, Chad, Chatham Is., Chile Central, Chile North, Chile South, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Chita, Colombia, Colorado, Comoros, Corse, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, East Aegean Is., East European Russia, East Himalaya, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Falkland Is., Finland, France, Free State, Føroyar, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Gulf States, Hainan, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Idaho, India, Inner Mongolia, Iowa, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Irkutsk, Italy, Japan, Jawa, Kansas, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kermadec Is., Khabarovsk, Kirgizstan, Korea, Krasnoyarsk, Kriti, Krym, Kuril Is., Kuwait, KwaZulu-Natal, Laos, Lebanon-Syria, Lesotho, Lesser Sunda Is., Libya, Madagascar, Madeira, Malawi, Mali, Manchuria, Manitoba, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Minnesota, Mongolia, Montana, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nebraska, Nepal, Netherlands, Nevada, New Guinea, New Mexico, New South Wales, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Niger, Nigeria, Norfolk Is., North Caucasus, North Dakota, North European Russi, Northern Provinces, Northern Territory, Northwest European R, Northwest Territorie, Norway, Oklahoma, Oman, Ontario, Oregon, Pakistan, Palestine, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Pitcairn Is., Poland, Portugal, Primorye, Qinghai, Queensland, Rodrigues, Romania, Rwanda, Réunion, Sakhalin, Sardegna, Saskatchewan, Saudi Arabia, Selvagens, Senegal, Sicilia, Sierra Leone, Sinai, Somalia, South Australia, South Dakota, South European Russi, Spain, Sri Lanka, St.Helena, Sudan, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tadzhikistan, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tasmania, Texas, Thailand, Tibet, Transcaucasus, Tubuai Is., Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Turkmenistan, Tuva, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Utah, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Victoria, Vietnam, Washington, West Himalaya, West Siberia, Western Australia, Wyoming, Xinjiang, Yakutskiya, Yemen, Yugoslavia, Yukon, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Alabama, Bermuda, Congo, Connecticut, Cuba, Delaware, District of Columbia, Dominican Republic, Florida, Georgia, Greenland, Haiti, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Jamaica, Juan Fernández Is., Kamchatka, Kentucky, Labrador, Louisiana, Magadan, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Newfoundland, North Carolina, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Prince Edward I., Québec, Rhode I., South Carolina, South Georgia, Tennessee, Tristan da Cunha, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin

Senecio L. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Jan 1, 2014 Rau, W. [106], Brazil K001066249 Yes
Jan 1, 2004 Cheek, M. [10534], Cameroon K000746646 No
Wilson, J. [1497], Uganda 29026.000 No
Ash [1702], Ethiopia 35584.000 No
Ash [1401], Ethiopia 35699.000 No
54489.000 No
Harley, R.M. [4299], Brazil 63542.000 No
Wilson, J. [1500], Uganda 7219.000 No
Rico, L. [1537], Bolivia K000295314 No
Goldblatt [12824], South Africa K000450157 No
Christenhusz, M.J.M [6439], Australia K000696287 No
Lacroix, I.F. [4921], Swaziland K000662235 No
Rico, L. [1668], Armenia K000297353 No

First published in Sp. Pl.: 866 (1753)

Accepted by

  • Roskov Y. & al. (eds.) (2018). Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands.


Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • —F.T.A. 3: 408.

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, (2000) Author: by M. Thulin [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • L., Gen. Pl., ed. 5: 373 (1754)
  • Sp. Pl.: 866 (1753)

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