Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Western Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Senecio hydrophilus Nutt.
- Family: Composite (Compositae)
- Flowering: May-August
- Field Marks: This species has mostly basal leaves that are oblong to elliptic and without teeth, unbranched stems, and leaves and stems that are smooth and glaucous.
- Habitat: Along streams, in marshes, swamps, sometimes in alkaline habitats.
- Habit: Perennial herb with a thickened rootstock and fibrous roots.
- Stems: Upright, unbranched, hollow, up to 8 inches long, purplish, smooth, glaucous.
- Leaves: Mostly basal, thick, oblong to elliptic, up to 8 inches long, up to 2 inches wide usually without teeth, smooth, glaucous; stem leaves few, smaller, sessile; leaf stalks of basal leaves elongated, winged.
- Flowers: Many crowded into heads, with several heads crowded into an inflorescence; each head up to 1 inch across, consisting of 4-8 ray flowers (sometimes more), and a small central disk of disk flowers; bracts subtending each head 8-13, usuall
- Sepals: 0.
- Petals: Some of them united to form yellow rays, others united to form yellow tubular
flowers in the center of the head.
- Stamens: 5.
- Pistils: Ovary inferior, smooth.
- Fruits: Achenes smooth, with fine bristles at the tip.
- Notes: The achenes have some importance as food for waterfowl.
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