Bushy Groundsel, Groundsel, Branching Groundsel
Shrub to 2m tall. Leaves somewhat fleshy, alternating up the stems, linear to flat, 2-15cm long, 1-20mm wide, hairless to glaucous, more or less hairless except in newer growth, margins entire to toothed, margins rolled under. Upper leaves sometimes with basal lobes. Flowers with 0 petals. Flower heads cylindrical, in clusters of about 5-40 at the tops of the stems. Rare Vic.
Differs from Senecio lanibracteus in that the length/width ratio of mid-stem leaves is more than 7, the leaves are rolled downwards, and the number of florets per flower head are 8-12, sometimes to 14.
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: 81, Fig 7b (map page 80), Fig 9 (photo of dried specimen page 83)
Description and photo (as Senecio cunninghamii) in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales pages 674-675