Senecio gallicus

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Senecio gallicus
Senecio gallicus.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Senecioneae
Genus: Senecio
Species: S. gallicus
Binomial name
Senecio gallicus

Senecio gallicus Vill.[1]
Senecio alboranicus Maire
Senecio difficilis Dufour
Senecio exsquameus Brot.[2]

Senecio gallicus, an annual plant of the Senecio genus and a member of the Asteraceae family is also one of those species who colonizes in isolated habitats where the environmental conditions could qualify as being difficult—widespread across southern France and the Iberian Peninsula in deserts and xeric shrublands, on steppes and salty dry coastal plains. S. gallicus is playing a predominant role in shaping patterns of genetic structure by presenting models of historical associations among population rather than patterns of ongoing gene flow.[3]

Common names[edit]


Senecio gallicus has had more phylogenetic description because it is an exceptional species among halotypes with a known intraspecific phylogeographic structure which is also species specific.[5] Comparisons of allozyme and chloroplast variation in this species indicate that it persisted in Pleistocene coastal refugia during glaciation periods.[3]

The Endangered One
Senecio alboranicus, or azuzón de Alborán, is reported to be endemic to and critically endangered on Isla de Alborán by ICUN. Alborán is 7.1 hectares[6] and 600 metres (660 yd) by 265 metres (290 yd) of volcanic extrusion situated 48 kilometres (30 mi) from the port of Adra, Almería on the Spanish coast and 39 kilometres (24 mi) from the Melilla on the African coast[7] (previously Morocco).[6] S. alboranicus is one of the 26 plants, 20 vascular plants and 6 lichen cited as having inhabited the island, although, not all at the same time.[8]
Range of S. alboranicus on 7.1 hectares
Typical of the tenacious genus Senecio, the small shrub Azuzón de Alborán colonizes areas that could be described as disturbed and unstabilized as it does live where there is an accumulation of volcanic ashes and shell laden sand, historically perturbed by natural events and human activities.[6] Also typical, this species produces three generations of plants each year and is non-competitive; the middle generation of S. alboranicus shares its part of the island with Lavatera mauritanica and Anacyclus alboranensis. Atypical of the genus, this species is a halophile, growing in soils with a known high concentration of salt.[9]
Azuzón de Alborán can be found growing at altitudes between 0 metres (0 ft) and 15 metres (49 ft).[7] The restricted size of the island and the rarity of the habitat make azuzón de Alborán particularly vulnerable to changes. Climatic conditions (quantity and distribution of rain, soil salinity, etc.) and human activities[6] (the lighthouse was once manned);[7] there have been large fluctuations in the numbers of individuals each year. These fluctuations affect not only the number of individual plants but also their size and the number of flowers. The decline of this species could be caused by alterations generated by human presence (military occupancy, artificial environments, etc.) in addition to events like natural changes or biotic threats (competition, parasitism, diseases, etc.),[6] alterations which probably not coincidentally describe many of the conditions that occurred from the mapping those years.[9]
Isla de Alborán is a protected area,[7] a marine park and an important ecological area for the Mediterranean and is especially protected by the Barcelona Convention.[10] Azuzón de Alborán is listed in Appendix I[11] of Bern Convention.[6] A permit is needed from the Ministry of Defence to visit Azuzón de Alborán on its island.[7]


Specimens of Senecio gallicus have been collected at altitudes of 15 metres (50 ft)[7] and 1,400 metres (4,600 ft)[1] above sea level.

Southwestern Europe: Alboran, Formentera, Ibiza, Italy, France, Monaco, Morocco, Portugal, Spain
Naturalized and Native
Western Asia: Israel
Southwestern Europe: Alboran, Formentera, Ibiza, Italy, France, Monaco, Morocco, Portugal, Sicily, Spain
Middle Europe: Belgium
North Europe: Sweden[2]


  • Senecio gallicus Chaix var. calyculatus Emb. & Maire status incertain
  • Senecio gallicus Chaix var. laxiflorus DC. status incertain
  • Senecio gallicus Chaix var. sonchifolius Ball status incertain
Infraspecific names
  • Senecio gallicus Chaix subsp. gallicus
  • Senecio gallicus Chaix var. calyculatus Emb. & Maire
  • Senecio gallicus Chaix var. laxiflorus DC.
  • Senecio gallicus Chaix var. sonchifolius Ball[12]


  1. ^ a b Aluka. "Senecio gallicus Chaix [family COMPOSITAE]". African Plants. Ithaka Harbors, Inc. doi:10.5555/AL.AP.COMPILATION.PLANT-NAME-SPECIES.SENECIO.GALLICUS. Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  2. ^ a b Botanic Garden & Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem. "Details for: Senecio gallicus". Euro+Med PlantBase. Freie Universität Berlin. Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  3. ^ a b Thompson, John D (March 1999). "Population differentiation in Mediterranean plants: insights into colonization history and the evolution and conservation of endemic species". Heredity. 82 (3): 229–236. doi:10.1038/sj.hdy.6885040. Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  4. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  5. ^ Comes, Hans Peter; Richard J. Abbott (October 2001). "MOLECULAR PHYLOGEOGRAPHY, RETICULATION, AND LINEAGE SORTING IN MEDITERRANEAN SENECIO SECT. SENECIO (ASTERACEAE)". Evolution. 55 (10): 1943–1962. doi:10.1554/0014-3820(2001)055[1943:MPRALS]2.0.CO;2. ISSN 0014-3820. PMID 11761056. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f Moreno Saiz, J.C. (2006). "Senecio alboranicus – Critically Endangered". 2007 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 2008-02-29. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Alborán Natural Area". Natural Parks - Almeria Province. Andalucia Com SL. Retrieved 2008-02-29. 
  8. ^ Juan F. Mota; M.Encarna Merlo; Ana J. Sola; M.Luisa Jiménez-Sánchez et Joaquín Valero. "Diapositiva 1" (PDF) (in Spanish). Gijón City Council. Retrieved 2008-02-29. 
  9. ^ a b Juan F. Mota; Antonio Mendoza; Juan A. Garrido-Becerra; Fabián Martínez-Hernández; Ana J. Sola; Joaquín Valero; M. Luisa Jiménez-Sánchez. Capitulo VIII Tapiz viviente: La vegetación terrestre (PDF) (in Spanish). ISBN 84-96329-92-5. Retrieved 2008-02-29. 
  10. ^ Barcelona Convention (1997-03-03). "Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97". Official Journal L 061. pp. 0001–0069. Retrieved 2008-02-29. 
  11. ^ Council of Europe (2002-03-01). "APPENDIX I / ANNEXE I". Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats. Retrieved 2008-02-29. 
  12. ^ "Senecio gallicus Chaix. record n° 98633". African plants database. South African National Biodiversity Institute, the Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève and Tela Botanica. Retrieved 2008-04-22. 

External links[edit]

Data related to Senecio gallicus at Wikispecies