by Stephen Mifsud
   5 Jun 2023      ()
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Senecio pygmaeus   (Pygmy Ragwort)

Senecio pygmaeus  (ASTERACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Dec-2007 (taxon update: none)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (2022). Senecio pygmaeus - datasheet created on Dec-2007. Retrieved from on 05-Jun-2023

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Senecio pygmaeusDC.
Published in Prodr. 6: 341 (1838)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Senecio leucanthemifolius var. pygmaeus
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life] []

Plant Family :

Asteraceae Bercht. & J.Presl (=Compositae) (The Daisy or Sunflower Family)
123 species from the Asteraceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Pygmy Ragwort, Pygmy Groundsel

Maltese name(s) :

Kubrita nana

Status for Malta :

Subendemic. Found in Malta and neighbouring territories such as in Sicily, Lampedusa, Pantelleria, and other islands.

Frequency :

Very Common     Common    Frequent     Scarce     Rare    Very rare    Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: THEROPHYTE ( annual plants, herbaceous )
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon

Legal Protection :

Protected by law: Schedule VI of [S.L. 549.44] (strictly protected species)

Red List (1989) :

Threatened status for the Maltese Islands and has been listed in the Red Data Book (1st ed.)

Flowering Time :

February – May

Colour of Flowers:



Not particularly toxic

Name Derivation :

Senecio: from senex meaning old man for the possession of hairy parts in flower bracts, becoming more evident when fruiting. (Latin origin )

Planting in rural areas :

Can be planted in rural areas according to ERA Guidelines

Description, Habitat and Distribution
Habitat in Europe: Maritime coasts
Preferred habitat in Malta: Rocky ground very close to the coast
Botanical Description: Data will be available in the next update of this website.
Distributional range: Central Mediterranean

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):
Occurrences in Europe.
(from Flora Europaea pre year 1993):
Sicily and/or Malta
Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(from Euro+Med Checklist, 2019)
  Country codes  
Ab(A N) AE(G) Ag Al Ar BH Bl(I M N) Bu By dCa(C F G L T) Cg Co Cr Ct Cy -Eg Ga(F) Gg ?Gr Hs(G S) Hu Ir It Jo Le Li dLu Ma Mk Mo Rf(C CS E S) Rm Sa Si(M S) Sr Sy Tn Tu(A E) Uk(K U) [Au(A) nBe(B L) Br nCs nDa Es nGe aHe Ho aIs nLa nLt No nPo nRf(K) Rf(N NW) nSk Su]

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Species Images (15 images)
   Senecio pygmaeus   -   Image Code: SENPY-0.
   Senecio pygmaeus   -   Image Code: SENPY-1.
   Senecio pygmaeus   -   Image Code: SENPY-2.
   Senecio pygmaeus   -   Image Code: SENPY-3.
   Senecio pygmaeus   -   Image Code: SENPY-4.
   Senecio pygmaeus   -   Image Code: SENPY-5.
   Senecio pygmaeus   -   Image Code: SENPY-6.
   Senecio pygmaeus   -   Image Code: SENPY-7.
   Senecio pygmaeus   -   Image Code: SENPY-8.
   Senecio pygmaeus   -   Image Code: SENPY-9.
   Senecio pygmaeus   -   Image Code: SENPY-10.
   Senecio pygmaeus   -   Image Code: SENPY-11.
   Senecio pygmaeus   -   Image Code: SENPY-12.
   Senecio pygmaeus   -   Image Code: SENPY-13.
   Senecio pygmaeus   -   Image Code: SENPY-14.

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