Senecio multiceps Balakr., J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 67: 62 (1970) (syn: Doronicum arnottii DC.; Madaractis polycephala DC.; Senecio polycephalus C.B.Clarke);
India (Tamil Nadu (Nilgiri Hills)) as per CoL;
Herbs, perennial, rhizomatous, glandular hispid; stems creeping, 25-45 cm high, corymbosely branched from the base or below the inflorescence. Leaves obovate-oblong to linear-lanceolate, margins thick, crenate, 1.5-8.5 x 0.2-4 cm, dark brown on drying, prominent veined on the lower surface, sessile, with dilated auricled base. Capitula radiate, few, in terminal corymb, 1.5 cm in diam., 4-5 bracteolate; bracteoles linear-lanceolate; peduncle 1-5.5 mm long. Involucre broadly campanulate, ca 10.5 mm long; bracts 10-15, linear-oblong, 5.5 mm long, acuminate, herbaceous with narrow scarious margins. Ray florets broadly oblong; tube 3.5 mm long. Disc florets ca 5 mm long; limb 3 mm long; tube 2 mm long. Achenes golden yellow, slender, ca 4 mm long. Pappus stramineous, of unequal, scabrid hairs, ca 4.5 mm long.
Flowering and fruiting: August-October
Southern Western Ghats
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi)
Senecio bombayensis N. P. Balakr. ??
Though close, does not seem to have distribution in Tamilnadu as per details at Senecio, many other Senecio species are listed here from Tamilnadu. It would be worth trying these also.
Alt.: 2350 m asl
Senecio multiceps N.P.Balakr.