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Salt Groundsel

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Scientific Name:Senecio halophilus


Native to South Australia and Victoria.

Plant Description:

An erect, herb, to 40 cm tall, with scattered hairs. The mildly stem-clasping, leaves are narrow-
elliptic to oblanceolate (backward spear-shaped), mostly 2–7 cm long, undivided or with 3 lobes on each side.

Inflorescence (flower-head) branched. Each ‘flower’ is actually a composite of female, outer ray florets (‘petals’) and bisexual, inner tubular or disk florets. The whole composite ‘flower’ is enclosed in an involucre, 5-7 mm long, 2-3.5 mm diameter and consisting of 8-13 phyllaries. The fruit is a narrow-obloid achene, 2-3 mm long and more or less covered in hairs, which divert at the summit.


Western to south-western Victoria, on the margins of inland salt lakes and coastal marshes.

RegionSalinity ClassWaterlogging Class
Mallee, Wimmera, Western, GippslandS1, S2, S3W2, W3


Until recently (2005), this species has been undescribed or considered a form of
Slender Groundsel (Senecio glossanthus). The composite flowers have a larger involucre and longer achene hairs on the disc florets, than in Slender Groundsel.
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