Senecio #2

a ragwort, Senecio sp., Eldoret, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed growing on a moist pasture near wetland habitat. Eldoret, Kenya. Jan. 2014.

The genus Senecio is among the largest genera of plants with more than a thousand species world wide. This one is very similar to common ragort, Senecio vulgaris. The characters that identify it as a Senecio are the single series of phyllaries forming the flower head, the enlarged base of the head, and the long capillary bristles of the mature seeds. A majority of ragwort species also have yellow flowers. Many Senecio are highly toxic to livestock causing illness or death.

Asteraceae -- Sunflower Family

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 15 May 2014