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Kleinia barbertonica (Klatt) Burtt Davy

Family Name: Asteraceae (Compositae)
Synonyms: Senecio barbertonicus Klatt
Common Name: Succulent Bush Senecio, Barberton Senecio
Full Sun: 6-8h Semi-Shade Little Water Butterfly Food Plant Ornamental Foliage Dry Soils / Drought Woody


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Shrub
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Plant Shape Rounded
Maximum Height 0.9 m to 1.5 m
Maximum Plant Spread / Crown Width 0.9 m to 1.5 m


Native Distribution South Africa
Native Habitat Terrestrial (Inland Cliff)
Preferred Climate Zone Desert / Arid
Local Conservation Status 1 Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Succulent shrub with rounded growth form.
Foliage Bright green, cylindrical leaves are spirally arranged.
Flowers Yellow, daisy-like flowers are fragrant and arranged in clusters.
Habitat Occurs on rocky cliffs.
Associated Fauna This species attracts butterflies.
Cultivation Plant in well-drained, acidic to neutral soils. 

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Dry Soils / Drought, Well-Drained Soils
Landscape Uses General, Hedge / Screening, Flowerbed / Border, Container Planting, Slope Stabilization
Thematic Landscaping Naturalistic Garden, Rockery / Desert Garden

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Fauna Pollination Dispersal Associated Fauna Butterfly Food Plant
Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun, Semi-Shade
Water Preference Little Water
Propagation Method Seed, Stem Cutting


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Spiral
Foliar Attachment to Stem Sessile
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage
Foliar Apex - Tip Acute
Foliar Base Truncate / Square

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Yellow / Golden
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Individual Flower Shape Tubular
Inflorescence Type Head / Capitulum
Flower Colour(s) Remarks Orangish yellow

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Master ID 31290
Species ID 5687
Species record last updated on: 25 January 2020.