Durbanville Nature Reserve – Kill Ragwort – 3

Also known as Molteno disease plant or Geelgifbossie in Afrikaans.


Senecio burchellii, is a large genus of annual or perennial herbs, shrubs, small trees and vines classified within the daisy family.

This softly wooded smooth shrublet has narrow leaves with margins rolled under. The leaves are sometimes sparsely toothed. It bears loose clusters of radiate flowerheads with yellow rays and disc; which are carried in a corymb shape, meaning that the inflorescence has the flowers growing in such a way that the outermost are borne on longer stalks than the inner, bringing all flowers up to a common level.

This plant is highly toxic to ruminants and even horses, especially in early spring in degraded veld where they are the first to shoot and there is very little else to eat.


Senecio burchellii is found in Sandy and stony slopes from Namibia to the Eastern Cape.

Kill Ragwort, Senecio burchellii, Durbanville Nature Reserve, Durbanville, South Africa
  • Location: Durbanville Nature Reserve, Durbanville, South Africa
  • Date Taken: 2020-10-25
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Lens: Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-200 mm 3-5.6 IS
  • Exposure Program: Manual
  • Image Quality: RAW
  • F-Stop: f/5.6
  • Exposure Time: 1/320 sec
  • ISO Speed: ISO-100
  • Focal Length: 200 mm
  • Metering Mode: Spot Metering
  • Handheld
  • Post Processing: Adobe Photoshop CS6
  • Photographer: Coreen Kuhn
  • Information: Field Guide to Fynbos by John Manning

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