Swaziland's Flora Database:
Senecio mlilwanensis Compton
(name current 2016)
Growth form: Herb
Found within protected areas
Swaziland abundance: rare
Swaziland distribution: one quarter degree grid square only
Red Data Book Information:
Status: LR nt Endemism: Endemic Distribution: Mbeluzi Valley, Millers Falls, Mbabane and Mlilwane, Mantenga? Rocky outcrops. In Swaziland, mostly prevalent on private land. Also found at Mantenga where it is partially protected.
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Senecio mlilwanensis - Robust, erect, single-stemmed, up to 1,8 m high, covered with loose grey wool, except on under surfaces of leaves which are closely grey-felted. Stem with sharp-edged ribs, continuation of leaf-bases. Leaves numerous, soft, narrow, stalkless, tapering gradually to base, tip long-pointed, margins recurved, toothless, up to 30 cm long x 2,5 cm wide. Inflorescence much-branched; flower-heads mostly short-stalked, c 1,5 cm long; involucral bracts in several rows; ray-florets about eight; disc-florets numerous; corollas yellow; pappus very soft, greyish.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.
Compton R.H. (1967). Plantae Novae Africanae. Series XXXII. Jl. S. Afr. Bot. Vol. 33,4:301.