Senecio brasiliensis

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Senecio brasiliensis
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Senecioneae
Genus: Senecio
Species: S. brasiliensis
Binomial name
Senecio brasiliensis
(Spreng.) Less.
Range of Senecio brasiliensis.svg
Native range of S. brasiliensis.

Cineraria brasiliensis Spreng.[1]
Senecio amabilis Vell.
Senecio cannabinifolius Hook.& Arn.
Senecio megapotamicus H. Buek
Senecio tripartitus DC.[2]

Senecio brasiliensis or by its common name flor-das-almas,[1] (flower-of-souls) a perennial species of Senecio genus and the family Asteraceae grows as a native in the fields and meadows of central South America.


S. brasiliensis is a densely leafy perennial herb, 1 metre (3.3 ft) to 2 metres (6.6 ft) tall, with yellow flowers that prefers to make its home in degraded pasture lands and unploughed croplands in central South America.[3][4]

Leaves and stems: S. brasiliensis stands very upright with a branched hairless and grooved stem. The leaves are alternate, pinnate and deeply lobed[4] dark green on the top, whitish green on the underside.[5] The lower part of the plant is smooth, while the upper part is hairy and the leaves cluster at the highest point with the flower stalks (corymbs).[4]

Flowers: Yellow flowers dense on corymbs; two types of flowers (that look like [petal]s), disc florets with both male and female flowers and ray flowers which are simply female.[4]

Seeds: Small seed with white hairs that use the wind to get around with.[4]

Common Names[edit]

  • English: Flower of souls, hempleaf ragwort
  • Portuguese: malmequer-amarelo, Maria-mole, tasneirinha, flor-das-almas[1][4][5][6]


S. brasiliensis grows at elevations of 0 metres (0 ft) to 1,000 metres (3,300 ft).

Native: Argentina (mostly North Argentine Northwest and Gran Chaco), Bolivia, Brazil (mostly South Central), Paraguay, and Uruguay.[1][2][4][6]


North America: Alabama, Florida[6]
South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay



  1. ^ a b c d Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) (1998-09-03). "Taxon: Senecio brasiliensis (Spreng.) Less.". Taxonomy for Plants. USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program, National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  2. ^ a b Instituto Darwinion. "Asteraceae" (PDF). Catálogo de las Plantas Vasculares de la República Argentina. II (in Spanish). Universidad de Buenos Aires. pp. 184, 188. Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  3. ^ a b Michelli Maria Mendes; Maysa de Lima Leite; Geovan Henrique Corrêa; Julianne Milléo (2005-04-20). "ENTOMOFAUNA ASSOCIATED WITH SENECIO BRASILIENSIS LESS (ASTERACEAE), AND PHAEDON CONFINIS (INSECTA; COLEOPTERA; CHRYSOMELIDAE) AS A POSSIBLE CONTROLLER AGENT OF THIS TOXIC PLANT" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2008-03-05. Phaedon confinis Klug, 1829 (Chrysomelidae) was the one that most stood out, specially because it was found in great numbers on the plant 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Claudio Barros; Elissa Totin; Raquel Rech; Marcia Ilha; Steve Valeika (March 2001). "Senecio spp.". Lista de Plantas (in Portuguese). Universidade Federal de Santa Maria. Archived from the original on 21 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  5. ^ a b Centro de Informação Toxicológica do Rio Grande do Sul. "Senecio brasiliensis Less. - Maria-mole" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  6. ^ a b c Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). "PLANTS Profile, Senecio cannabinifolius Hook. & Arn.". The PLANTS Database. United States Department of Agriculture,. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  7. ^ Oliveira Émerson D.M. de, Pasini Amarildo, Fonseca Inês C.B., ÉMerson D.M. de; Pasini, Amarildo; Fonseca, Inês C.B. (January 2003). "Association of the soil bug Atarsocoris sp. (Hemiptera: Cydnidae) with the weed Senecio brasiliensis Less". Neotropical Entomology. Sociedade Entomológica do Brasil. 32 (1): 155–157. doi:10.1590/S1519-566X2003000100024. 1519566X. Retrieved 2008-03-05. 

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