Senecio lyonii

A. Gray

in A. Gray et al., Syn. Fl. N. Amer. ed. 2, 1(2): 454. 1886.

Conservation concern
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 20. Treatment on page 560. Mentioned on page 548.

Subshrubs or shrubs, (20–)40–150 cm (taproots woody). Herbage sparsely hairy, unevenly glabrate (usually with persistent tomentum in leaf axils and on abaxial leaf faces). Stems usually multiple (arching upwards). Leaves evenly distributed (proximal withering before flowering); sessile or obscurely petiolate; blades ± oblong or elliptic, (4–)6–10(–12) × 1.5–3 cm (1–2-pinnatifid, lobes ± linear, 1–2 mm wide), bases ± linear, ultimate margins entire. Heads 4–12 in cymiform arrays (involucres campanulate, 8–15 mm diam.). Calyculi 0 or of 1–3+ (inconspicuous) bractlets. Phyllaries (± 13) ± 21, (5–)6–8 mm, tips minutely black. Ray florets ± 13; corolla laminae 8–10 mm. Cypselae hairy. 2n = 40.

Phenology: Flowering spring.
Habitat: Ocean bluffs, open hillsides
Elevation: 0–500 m



Calif., Mexico (Baja California).


Of conservation concern.

Senecio lyonii is known from the Channel Islands (off the coast of southern California) and south.

Selected References


Lower Taxa