Narrow-leaved Ragwort - Senecio inaequidens

    Description

    A shrubby herb to about 60 cm high. The plant consists of a highly branched stem, woody at its base, with many, mostly slender, linear leaves (1 to 7 mm in width), and lemon-yellow flower heads up to 25 mm in diameter. The species displays a fair amount of variability in leaf shape and width.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Alongside major roads, railway tracks, car parks, pavement cracks, waste places and demolition sites. It can also be found in more natural habitats, particularly close to the sea.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Becoming well established in Britain. Stace (1997) described it as naturalised in one site in Kent and accurately predicted that it would soon spread. Although still concentrated in southern England, this plant is now found here and there all over England, north Wales and even in one or two places in Scotland

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire. There were only three records for this species in Leicestershire up to 2010.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map