Senecio multiceps Balakr., J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 67: 62 (1970) (syn: Doronicum arnottii DC.; Madaractis polycephala DC.; Senecio polycephalus C.B.Clarke);
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India (Tamil Nadu (Nilgiri Hills)) as per CoL;
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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
Grasslands
Southern Western Ghats
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi)
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I am resurfacing this post for identification, kindly help in identification. The habitat is a high-altitude grassland.
Leaf: 8 x 3 cm
Inflorescence head: 1.5 cm
The plant height is about 1.5 feet.
Date 23 Oct 2012
Place: Mukruthi NP, Nilgiris, TN
Alt.: 2350 m asl


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.


I checked all species listed in Tamilnadu as per details at Senecio.

The Closest I can go is S. multiceps as per GBIF specimen- one.
But I am uncertain.


Please help me to identify this herb found in the grasslands of Nilgiris. The plant height is about 1.5 feet. Is this a non-native one?
Leaf: 8 x 3 cm
Inflorescence head: 1.5 cm
Date 23 Oct 2012
Place: Mukruthi NP, Nilgiris, TN
Alt.: 2350 m asl


 

 


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References: POWO  Catalogue of Life  The Plant List Ver.1.1  GCC  GBIF specimen- one (High resolution specimens) Flora of peninsular India  India Biodiversity Portal  IBIS Flora  Kerala plants

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