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Senecio deltoideus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Leopard Rock Hotel, Vumba

Senecio deltoideus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Leopard Rock Hotel, Vumba

Senecio deltoideus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Woodlands road, Vumba

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Common names: Canary creeper (English)
Status: Native
Vigorous climbing herb, producing masses of bright yellow flower heads.
Notes: It is similar to Senecio tamoides and is known by the same common name. It can be distinguished by the soft leaves which are much paler on the under surface, broadly triangular in outline with very irregular lobes and dentations along the margins, giving the leaves a wrinkled and torn appearence. There are normally leaf-like false stipules present at the base of the petioles. The leaves of S. tamoides are more smooth and slightly leathery and more regularly dentate. No false stipules are present.Senecio deltoideus is a species of more open terrain, such as bracken and ericoid scrub or bush clumps in montane grassland, where it often forms masses on the ground and on lower scrub. S. tamoides is a typical constituent of the evergreen forest edge, where it acts more as a climbing species.
Derivation of specific name: deltoideus: shaped like a triangle (referring to the leaves)
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Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
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Beentje, H.J. & Ghazanfar, S.A. (eds.) (2005). Compositae (Part 3) Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 625 - 626.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 28.

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Flora of Malawi: Senecio deltoideus
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Senecio deltoideus
African Plant Database: Senecio deltoideus
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Senecio deltoideus
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Senecio deltoideus
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Senecio deltoideus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Senecio deltoideus
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Ispot Southern Africa: Senecio deltoideus
JSTOR Plant Science: Senecio deltoideus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Senecio deltoideus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Senecio deltoideus
The Plant List (version 1.1): Senecio deltoideus
Tropicos: Senecio deltoideus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Senecio deltoideus., retrieved 18 June 2019

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