This is one of the most attractive species with purplish stems,
fine linear leaves and the flowers are also nice.
Description: It is a
succulent stemmed perennial herb of up to 20 (200)cm high topped by
narrow annual deciduous leaves.
Stem: Erect, usually unbranched, cylindrical, 8–20 cm high,
obscurely tuberculate, glaucous-green with purple longitudinal stripes.
With leaf scars remain giving them a speckled appearance. Eventually
forms a woody stem.
Root: Tuberous and horizontal, ovoid, ± 2 cm long;
Subulate linear, up to 12 centimetres long 1-3 mm thick, glabrous,
soft non-succulent that may fall off part of the time (especially in
summer) depending on the
Flowers: Adult plants make terminal clusters of bright red
discoid flower-heads on 5–22 cm long
scapes. Ray florets absent; disc florets bright red; corolla
24 mm long, tube glabrous, slightly expanded in upper half, lobes 3 mm
Fruit: The fruit is an achene.
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflowers
Scientific name (Basionym) :
Senecio picticaulis P.R.O.Bally
Published in Candollea 19: 163. 1964
Origin: Sudan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya.
Habitat: Altitude range 800–1050 m
Etymology: The name Senecio is from the Latin
word, senex meaning "old man" because of the white pappus (feathery
bristles on the fruit) The epithet, "picticaulis" refers to the coloured
- Kleinia picticaulis (P.R.O.Bally)
Kew Bull. 41(4): 927 (1986).
- Notonia picticaulis (P.R.O.Bally)
in B.J.B.B. 37, suppl.: 1103 (1967) quoad basionym;
U.K.W.F.: 484 (1974); U.K.W.F. ed. 2: 224 (1994)
- Notonia subulata P.R.O.Bally
in J. E.A. Nat. Hist. Soc. 18: 127 (1946), nom. non
- Notoniopsis picticaulis (P.R.O.Bally)
in Op. Bot. 44: 73 (1978)
- Senecio subulatifolius G.D.Rowley
in Nat. Cact. Succ. Journ. 10: 31 (1955), nom. non
- Senecio picticaulis var. picticaulis
Cultivation: S. picticaulis is a relatively easy succulent
plant to grow, but it is a winter grower that tends to produces new
leaves and stems in autumn and stops growing loosing its leaves
during the hottest and driest summer month. It is also a little low growing container
plant. As it grows, it produces side branches. Generally, give it
full sun (coastal) to light shade in well-drained soil. It enjoy more
water than others but do not over-water, drench and let dry between
waterings. Keep moderately dry in winter.
It may be grown outside in