Thursday, May 15, 2014

Botany picture #156: Senecio macroglossus

Senecio macroglossus (Asteraceae), New South Wales, 2014. I saw this weird species over Easter and could not figure it out at first although I was sure it must be a member of the tribe Senecioneae. Now a colleague at the herbarium has pointed me in the right direction. This daisy is a vine or liana with stunningly ivy-like leaves (visible see in the upper left corner) and large yellow flowering heads. It is a native of South Africa but has been introduced to coastal Australia as an ornamental. In Canberra it would not grow as it gets too cold.

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