West Highland Flora

Groundsel


Senecio vulgaris

 

Senecio vulgaris

Photo Carl Farmer
23 Sep 2002 Glenbrittle, Skye

Common in waste ground, gardens, edges of walls, paving cracks.

Flowerhead diameter c 4-5 mm

ID: Outer bracts of involucre black-tipped (see pic below), and up to a quarter as long as the inner.  Involucre not or hardly broader at base than at top.  Flowerheads unstalked at first, becoming stalked later.  Plant not notably sticky.

Other features: Occasionally has ray florets, but usually without.  Fruit has pappus of white hairs to aid wind dispersal.

 

  Senecio vulgaris

Photo Carl Farmer
13 Sep 2002 Dunvegan, Skye

 


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