Senecio tamoides DC.

Senecio tamoides DC.

Placement status: name or taxon excluded (unspecific)



    Alien / Established

    IUCN category

    Not Evaluated

    Presidential Decree 67/81



    A vigorous fast-growing climber with semi-succulent stems and leaves that has a spread of 4 x 2 m. It is mostly evergreen, but during severe winters or in areas that suffer from frost, it will react deciduously, dying back and then recovering beautifully again in the spring. Native to southern Africa where it occurs from the Eastern Cape to eastern Zimbabwe. The word Senecio is derived from the Latin senex meaning old man, referring to the fluffy white seed heads; and tamoides means resembling Tamus. Used widely in gardens as a popular, cheerful, colourful, easy-to-grow climber. The species has been recorded from the island of Amorgos (Egiali, road margins and ruderal places in village, 10 m, 36°54'01"N, 25°58'36"E, 25.02.2014, Biel 14.083) and the island of Milos (Biel & Kit Tan 2021c: 244).
    Naturalized subshrub of South Aftrican origin, growing with Hedera helix and Clematis cirrhosa.

    • Biel B. & Tan K. 2015: Reports 17–69. – Pp. 121–124 in: Vladimirov V., Dane F. & Tan K. (ed.), New floristic records in the Balkans: 26. – Phytol. Balcan. 21 (1): 53-91.

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