Common Name

Feathery Groundsel




Aromatic shrub to 2m tall. Leaves slightly fleshy, alternating up the stems, occasionally with small basal lobes, 5-13cm long, 20-60mm wide overall, hairless or sparsely hairy, divided into linear or threadlike segments to 6cm long and less than 2mm wide, which are entire or again divided. Flowers with 0 petals. Flower heads below the florets in dense groups of 15-150 heads at the ends of the stems. Senecio anethifolius var. anethifolius in NSW.

Description above mostly derived from Thompson, I.R., (2004) Taxonomic studies of Australian Senecio (Asteraceae): 2. The shrubby, discoid species and the allied radiate species Senecio linearifolius. Muelleria 20: 70-72 Fig 1a (leaf page 71), Fig 2a(map page 73), Fig 3 (photo of dried specimen page 74)

Description and photo in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 674

PlantNET description:

Photo of flowers and leaves. Australian Plant Image Index, photographer Denise Grieg, Australian National Botanic Gardens, ACT