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Common Groundsel - introduced (*Senecio vulgaris)
Family: Asteraceae (Daisy family).
Native of Europe.
Occurrence: Scattered weed of disturbed areas and gardens.
- the plant is cottony on the stems
- the leaves are irregularly and deeply lobed
- the flowers are cylindrical with yellow petals that protrude beyond the surrounding green bracts
- the green bracts surrounding the petals are usually black-tipped
- there are usually about 20 bracts
- the flower heads are clustered at the ends of the branches.
Common Groundsel is an annual.
Similar species: There are several groundsels, including natives with divided
leaves and non-radiating petals. Common Groundsel is a stockier, less tall plant tha Annual Fireweed.
Groundsel: from a corruption of the old Anglo-saxon word groundeswelge meaning ground-swallower, referring to its weedy habit.
Photo tpp right: Common Groundsel. Market St, Kyneton.
2, 3: Specimens in a Castlemaine Garden.
Top R: Common Groundsel. A lawn weed. Hunter Street, Castlemaine.