Senecio madagascariensis

Family Asteraceae

Species Profile

Species classification Invasive [Weeds of National Significance; NSW's Noxious Weeds]
Common namesFireweed, Madagascar Groundsel, Madagascar Ragwort
SynonymsSenecio sp. K (aff. lanceolatus)
LongevityAnnual, Perennial
Growth formHerb
Seed dispersal morphologyWing/Achene/Pappus
Maximum height (m)0.7
Capable of vegetative reproductionYes
Native rangeAfrica, Indian Ocean Islands
Exotic range (Australia)ACT, NSW, QLD, VIC, WA
Exotic range (other)Pacific Ocean Islands
Habitat types (exotic)Agricultural land, Coastal vegetation/sand dunes, Disturbed areas (including trails), Forest, Grasslands, Pastures, Roadsides, Wastelands
Soil type (exotic)Most soil types
Decade of introduction1910

National Climate Change Impact

Invasive Class 3

The area of suitable habitat and the habitat suitability of observations, for this species, are projected to decrease or remain the same under RCP 8.5 2065 compared to current climate suitability.

Maps of Habitat Suitability & Recorded Occurrences

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Current suitable habitat

2035 suitable habitat
(RCP 8.5)

2065 suitable habitat
(RCP 8.5)

Recorded occurrences

Recorded occurrences


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