Lavender-Leaved Senecio
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Lavender-Leaved Senecio
P Native Photo: S. Jeevith
Common name: Lavender-Leaved Senecio
Botanical name: Senecio lavandulifolius    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Senecio lavandulaefolius DC. in Wight, Pseudojacobaea lavandulaefolius

Lavender-Leaved Senecio is an erect, bristly, unbranched herb. Leaves are alternate, oblong to broad-lanceshaped, to 3 x 1 cm, base wedge-shaped, margin strongly reflexed, tip pointed, bristly-hairy, closely overlapping, at an pointed angle to the stem, fluffy below. Corymbs at branch-ends, compact, 5 cm wide. Flower-heads have both male and female flowers, radiate, 2.5 cm wide, about 10 to the corymb, flower-cluster-stalk up to 4 cm. Involucre is bell-shaped, calyculate; receptacle flat, 4 mm wide. Phyllaries are linear-oblong, 6.5 mm. Ray florets are 1.2 cm; ligule 4-nerved, 3-fid. Achene are 2 mm. Disk florets are 7 mm, 1 mm wide, tube 4.5 mm; lobes 5. Stamens 5. Achene are linear, 1.5 mm. Lavender-Leaved Senecio is found in SW Ghats: Kerala, Tamilnadu. Flowering: Feburary-June.

Identification credit: S. Jeevith Photographed in The Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu

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