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Grapevine Canyon - Sue Smith

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Senecio arizonicus - Arizona ragwort

Plant Form: Forb

Family: Asteraceae

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Grapevine Canyon
Sue Smith
Grapevine Canyon
Sue Smith
Basal leaves
Grapevine Canyon
Sue Smith
Plant - spring
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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Basal leaves with purplish stems and erect flower stalks having loose clusters of yellow daisy-like flowers.
Identification notes: Ovate serrated basal leaves, few and reduced leaves on the stems, several flowers per stem, hairy basal leaves, leaves with stems and erect flower heads distinguish this from other Senecio sp.
Height: 12 to 16 inches


Habitat Description: Openings in pine-oak woodlands.
Plant Communities: Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest
Elevation: 5250 - 6900 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellow     Shape: Daisy or dandelion-like in round clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Apr - Jul
Description: The flower head has yellow ray and disk flowers. Flowers are in loose clusters above the leaves.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Round or oval     Leaf Margin: Toothed     Leaf Attachment: Basal     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Leaf stems and veins are covered in white hairs and are often purplish. Basal leaf stems are usually more than 6 inches long. Flower stems have only a few smaller leaves.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Type: Achene

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