Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Senecio tamoides DC.

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Candolle, A.P. de (1838) Prodr. 6: 403. Type: Southern Africa, Omsamwoubo, Drege s.n.; holo: GDC?.

Common name

Canary creeper


Vine stem diameter to 3-4 cm recorded. Exudate clear, very sticky.


Leaf blades rather soft, about 4.5-10 x 4.5-11 cm, margin irregularly toothed or lobed, petioles about 4-6 cm long. Lateral veins about 3-7 on each side of the midrib.


Inflorescence large, paniculate, usually terminal on lateral branches. Flower heads surrounded by a tubular receptacle about 9-10 mm long +/- 8-lobed at the apex. Each head containing about 12-15 hermaphrodite disk florets and 3-6 female ray florets. Pappus white, about 6 mm long. Stamens 5 per flower, anthers fused together to forma tube, filaments free. Stigmas 2.


Fruits (nuts) about 3-4 mm long, plumes white, about 7-8 mm long.


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Distribution and Ecology

An introduced species originally from southern Africa now naturalised in NEQ, south-eastern Queensland and coastal central New South Wales. Altitudinal range in NEQ not known but two collections have been made at 750 m. Usually grows around towns or on old settlement sites.

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