Ivy-Leaf Senecio
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Ivy-Leaf Senecio
P Native Photo: Sunit Singh
Common name: Ivy-Leaf Senecio
Botanical name: Parasenecio quinquelobus    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Senecio duthiei, Prenanthes quinqueloba, Cacalia quinqueloba

Ivy-Leaf Senecio is a perennial herb with Ivy-like lobed leaves and yellow flower-heads borne in penduous spikes. Stems are solitary, erect or curved, 40-90 cm tall, grooved, simple, synflorescence branched above, hairless. Lower leaves fall off by flowering time; stem leaves many, 5-8. Median leaves large; leaf-stalk not winged, 2-8 cm; blade below gray-green, above green, kidney-shaped-pentagonal to triangular or lanceshaped, 6-10 x 5-14 cm, basally 3-5-veined, base broadly heart-shaped or flat, margin shallowly to deeply lobed, irregularly coarsely toothed, teeth mucronulate, tip pointed, tapering, or with a tail-pointed. Upper leaves are smaller, shortly stalked, triangular or narrowly triangular. Uppermost leaves narrowly lanceshaped or linear, bracteal-leaflike, usually with many spherical buds in upper leaf axils and on synflorescence branches. Flower-heads are numerous, arranged in branch-end narrow or broad panicles, spreading by flowering, drooping afterwards. Involucres are cylindric, 7-8 mm; phyllaries 4 or 5, oblong, outside hairless, at tip blunt or pointed. Florets are 4 or 5; flower yellow, 6-7 mm, with 2.5-3 mm tube and broadly tubular limb; lobes lanceshaped. Anthers protruding out of flower. Seedpods are cylindric, 4-5 mm, hairless, ribbed, pappus white, 5-6 mm. Ivy-Leaf Senecio is found in the Himalayas to China (SW Sichuan, NW Yunnan) and N Myanmar, at altitudes of 2800-4100 m. Flowering: August.

Identification credit: D.S Rawat, Ashutosh Sharma, Sunit Singh Photographed in Madhmaheshwar Valley, Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand.

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