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Senecio serpens

Senecio serpens G.D. Rowley

Kleinia repens

Blue Chalksticks

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderAsteralesFlowering plants with a central disk flower and surrounding petals, like daisies
FamilyAsteraceaeThe aster family, which also includes daisies and sunflowers; from the Greek ἀστήρ, “star,” for the star-shaped flowers
GenusSenecioFrom senex, “old man,” referring to the gray hairs on the seeds
SpeciesserpensSnake-like

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This succulent is a native of South Africa, and is not found in the wild in North America. Gardeners in arid regions like them for ground cover.

Identification: Plants can reach 12" (30 cm) in height and 24-36" (60-91 cm) in diameter. Canoe- or banana-shaped succulent leaves 1-8" (2.5-20 cm) × ¼-½" (6.3-12 mm) around are a light powdered blue or blue-green in color. Flowers are small, white, on short stalks.

Online References:

Senecio serpens on Desert-tropicals.com

Senecio serpens on PhytoImages

Senecio serpens on Flickr

Senecio serpens on CalPhotos

Senecio serpens on www.sedumphotos.net

Senecio serpens description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Senecio serpens (Blue Chalksticks)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA

Range: Zones 9b-10:

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