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   18 Sep 2021      ()
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Senecio angulatus   (Creeping Groundsel)

Senecio angulatus   (ASTERACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Oct-2010 (last update: 2-Jan-2020)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (2-Jan-2020) Senecio angulatus retrieved from on 18-Sep-2021

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Senecio angulatus L. fil.
Published in Suppl. 369 (1781)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Senecio tamoides
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life] []

Plant Family :

Asteraceae Bercht. & J.Presl (=Compositae) (The Daisy or Sunflower Family)
125 species from the Asteraceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Creeping Groundsel, Climbing Groundsel, Cape Ivy

Maltese name(s) :

Kubrita xeblieka

Status for Malta :

Naturalised Alien. Species that was introduced in Malta after year 1492 (Columbus' discovery of the New World) and spreads and integrates to form established, non-invasive populations. Species may become become invasive if it widespreads rapidly.

Frequency :

Very Common     Common    Frequent     Scarce     Rare    Very rare    Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: Macro-Phanerophyte ( high trees usually over 10 m high )
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon

Legal Protection :

Not legally protected at present

Red List (1989) :

Not listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands

Flowering Time :

May – August

Colour of Flowers:


Name Derivation :

Senecio: from senex meaning old man for the possession of hairy parts in flower bracts, becoming more evident when fruiting. (Latin origin )

Description, Habitat and Distribution
Habitat in Europe: Cultivated for ornament and occassionally naturalised as a garden escape
Preferred habitat in Malta: Ornamental climber which have seen persisting and expanding after being abandoned such as in old farm houses, rubble walls of fields or walls of old gardens.
Botanical Description: Scrambling, glabrous perennial with ovate to lanceolate leaves 3-5 x 2.5-3 cm which are cuneate at the base, angled or weakly lobed and petiolate; the capitula are 12-25 mm in diameter, in compound corymbs or panicles, the involucre is 4-8 mm, with 3-7 supplementary bracts, and there are 4-6 yellow ligules 5-10 mm.
Distributional range: Few stations in South Europe (Mediterranean region)
Native region outside Europe: (South Africa)

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):
Occurrences in Europe.
(from Flora Europaea pre year 1993):
Introduced in  Spain (incl. Andorra but excl. the Balaerics), Italy (excl. Sicily and Sardignia)
Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(from Euro+Med Checklist, 2019)
  Country codes  
[Al nBl(I M N) Ca(C H P T) nCo Ct nGa(F M) cHs nHs(G) Hs(S) It cLi nLu nSa cSi nSi(S)]

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Species Images (12 images)
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   Senecio angulatus   -   Image Code: SNCAG-11.

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