Seeds of South Australia
Senecio cunninghamii var. cunninghamii (Compositae)
Branching Groundsel
List of species for Senecio
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Seed collecting:
January to April
Herbarium regions:
Gairdner-Torrens, Flinders Ranges, Eastern, Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty
NRM regions:
Eyre Peninsula, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Arid Lands
IBRA regions
Fleurieu (KAN02)Kanmantoo
 Critically Endangered   (IUCN: CR B2ab(i,ii,iii); D)   (Probable Decline)   [wetland sp restricted to Goolwa area; habitat gone; could be extinct]
Southern Flinders (FLB04)Flinders Lofty Block
 Data Deficient
Southern Yorke (EYB01)Eyre Yorke Block
 Data Deficient
St Vincent (EYB02) 
 Data Deficient
Murray Mallee (MDD02)Murray Darling Depression
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU B2ab(i,ii,iii))   (Probable Decline)   [changes to water regimes a threat; could be extinct]
Murray Lakes and Coorong (MDD03) 
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU D2)   [habitat decline, fluctuates]
Murray Scroll Belt (RIV06)Riverina
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU B2ab(i,ii,iii))   (Probable Decline)   [changes to water regimes a threat]
RSCA map:
Regional Species Conservation Assessments per IBRA subregion. Please click the thumbnail map.
AVH map:
Australian distribution map (external link)
SA Census:
Census of South Australian plants (external link)     [genus Senecio]
Name derivation:
Senecio from the Latin 'senex' meaning an old man; referring to the white pappus attached to the seed. Cunninghamii named after Allan Cunningham (1791-1839), an English botanist and explorer, primarily known for his travels in Australia to collect plants, including the type specimen for this species from Lake George.
Found on the upper Yorke Peninsula, the Mount Lofty Ranges and along the Murray River in South Australia. Also found in New South Wales and Victoria.
Native. Common in South Australia. Common in the other states.
Plant description:
Perrenial shrub to 1.8 m high, hailess except for newer growth which has woolly hairs and glaucous. Leaves sub-fleshy to fleshy. Mid-branch leaves narrow-elliptic, narrow oblong-elliptic or linear to narrow-linear, to 14 cm long, undivided. Upper leaves with small undivided auricles, not amplexicaul, margin entire, revolute, or sometimes larger leaves with scattered teeth. Flower-heads with 5–25 dense clusters, with small yellow rayless daisy flowers. This variety differ from Senecio cunninghamii var. flindersensis by having a Stem leaves length:width ratio > 10, margin usually entire and mid-branch leaves with length:width ratio 15–40. Peduncles and capitula glabrous at and before anthesis, often glaucous. Flowering mostly summer to autumn.
Fruit type:
Pale brown vase-shaped daisy-head.
Embryo type:
Spatulate fully developed.
Seed collecting:
Collect heads that are fat, hard and turning brown by picking off the whole heads.
Seed cleaning:
Place the heads in a tray for a week to dry. Then rub the heads gently with your hands or a rubber bung to dislodge the seeds. Viable seeds will be fat and hard. Store the seeds with a desiccant such as dried silica beads or dry rice, in an air tight container in a cool and dry place.