Coast Groundsel - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Senecio spathulatus
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 01 Dec 2017


A low-growing smooth-stemmed daisy, often forming hummocks to 30 cm tall. It has short (1 to 5cm long) fleshy, entire or sometimes divided leaves with toothed margins and large fleshy yellow flowerheads. The yellow flowers consist of 8 to 16 ray florets (with petals) to 13 mm long and up to 70 disc florets (in the central section of the flower). Further identification relies on microscopic features.


Coast Groundsel occurs in Nadgee Nature Reserve (Cape Howe) and between Kurnell in Sydney and Myall Lakes National Park (with a possible occurrence at Cudmirrah). In Victoria there are scattered populations from Wilsons Promontory to the NSW border.

Habitat and ecology

  • Coast Groundsel grows on frontal dunes.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Recovery strategies

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastKaruah Manning Known None
OceanHawkesbury Shelf Known None
OceanManning Shelf Known None
Other StateJervis Bay Territory Predicted below 20 m asl
Other StateVIC Known None
South East CornerBateman Predicted below 20 m asl
South East CornerEast Gippsland Lowlands Known below 20 m asl
South East CornerSouth East Coastal Ranges Predicted below 20 m asl
Sydney BasinJervis Predicted below 20 m asl
Sydney BasinPittwater Known None
Sydney BasinSydney Cataract Known None
Sydney BasinWyong Known None