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Common Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris)

  • Larry W. Mitich (a1)

Carolus Linnaeus described common groundsel, Senecio vulgaris, in his Species Plantarum, published in 1753 (2). The generic name is derived from the Latin senex meaning old or old man, the pappus resembling a white beard (4). Vulgaris is from the Latin vulgari meaning common, usual, or ordinary (7, 18).

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