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  Senecio picticaulis
(Syn: Kleinia picticaulis)
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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, 820 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;
Leaves: 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 climate.
Flowers: Adult plants make terminal clusters of bright red discoid flower-heads on 522 cm long scapes.  Ray florets absent; disc florets bright red; corolla 24 mm long, tube glabrous, slightly expanded in upper half, lobes 3 mm long.
Fruit: The fruit is an achene.
 

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Family: Asteraceae (Sunflowers family)

Scientific name (Basionym) :  Senecio picticaulis P.R.O.Bally
Published in Candollea 19: 163. 1964

Origin:  Sudan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya.

Habitat: Altitude range 8001050 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 stems.

Synonyms:  

  • Kleinia picticaulis (P.R.O.Bally) C.Jeffrey
    Kew Bull. 41(4): 927 (1986).
  • Notonia picticaulis (P.R.O.Bally) Cufod.
    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 rite publ.
  • Notoniopsis picticaulis (P.R.O.Bally) B.Nord.
    in Op. Bot. 44: 73 (1978)
  • Senecio subulatifolius G.D.Rowley
    in Nat. Cact. Succ. Journ. 10: 31 (1955), nom. non rite publ.
  • Senecio picticaulis var. picticaulis (Kle.)
 


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 mild climates.


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