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Senecio vulgaris




Common Name(s):   Groundsel
Scientific Name:   Senecio vulgaris

Senecio vulgaris, more commonly known as Greater Celandine, is a humble in appearance member of the Asteraceae family and Senecio genus, and a tenacious deciduous annual plant. Standing only between 10-41cm) tall, bright florets mostly hidden by the characteristic bract giving it the appearance of never opening flowers and with a life span of 5–6 weeks, the self-fertilizing Senecio vulgaris lives humbly among and occasionally under the other weeds and is easy not to notice. Has open clusters of 8 to 10 small cylinder shaped rayless yellow flower heads (6-13mm in length) with a highly conspicuous ring of black tipped bracts at the base of the inflorescence similar to many members of the genus Senecio. The name for the genus Senecio is probably derived from Senex (an old man), in reference to its downy head of seeds.











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