Senecio linearifolius

Common name: 

Fireweed Groundsel

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wannon, Grampians, Midlands, Victorian Volcanic Plain, Otway Plain, Otway Range, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Gippsland Highlands, Wilsons Promontory, Snowfields, East Gippsland (CDEJKMNPRSTUVWXYZ) also NSW, Tas

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Wet forests along the edges of tracks1

Flower description:



Perennial herb to 1.5 m tall2

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

This species is aromatic- after rain it produces a pleasantly spicy aroma that is much stronger when leaves are crushed. Leaves are smooth above and hairy underneath1

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Image of Senecio linearifolius Image: Alison Kellow
Image of Senecio linearifolius Image: Alison Kellow
Conservation status:

Some varieties are rare or vulnerable in Australia


1 Meagher, D. and Kohout, M. (2001). “A field guide to Wilsons Promontory”. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.
2 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria