Botanical Survey of India | Flora of India

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Senecio desfontainei Druce, Brit. Pl. List, ed. 2: 61. 1928. S. coronopifolius Desf., Fl. Atlanl. 2: 273. 1799 (nom. illegit, non Burm.f. 1768). S. chrysanthemifolius DC., Prodr. 6: 345. 1838; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 341. 1881.


Herbs, annual; suberect or decumbent, 10 - 40 cm high; stems slender, much branched from the middle, branches divaricating, sparsely pubescent. Leaves dark green, oblong, obtuse, pinnatifid into irregular, linear-oblong lobes, 1.5 - 4 x 0.5 - 1 cm, sparsely pubescent on both the surface; base of lower leaves attenuated into petiole; uppermost leaves sessile with auricled bases; auricles amplexicaul. Capitula radiate, ca 8 mm in diam., bracteolate; peduncle 1 - 3 cm long, pubescent. Involucre campanulate, 4.5 x 2 - 4 mm; bracts blackish, 15 - 20, linear-lanceolate, 4.5 x 1 mm, puberulous at the tip, herbaceous. Ray florets 8 - 12, 6.2 mm long; ray elliptic-oblong, 3 mm broad, revolute. Disc florets very slender, ca 5.6 mm long. Achenes brownish, cylindrical, ca 3 mm long, scabrid. Pappus of white hairs, 4.5 mm long.

Fl. & Fr. May - Sept.

Distrib. India: N. W. Himalayas, on hill slopes. Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.

N. Africa, S. & W. Asia, (Canary Island).




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