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SENECIO, (The old Latin name of the plant, from senex, an old man, on account of the hoary pappus. This large and widely - distributed genus contains in North America 57 species and 15 varieties, all but 3 of which are indigenous; of the varieties, 6 belong to S. aureus.) LINN.
GOLDEN RAGWORT, GROUNDSEL, SQUAW - WEED, LIFEROOT, FALSE VALERIAN, GOLDEN SENECIO, FEMALE REGULATOR, FIREWEED;, hieracifolia, Raf. (90)) UNKUM; (FR.) SENECON; (GER.) GOLDENES KREUZKRAUT.
Tincture of fresh plant in flower.
Spermatophyta, Angiospermae - Flowering Plants; Dicotyledonae; Asteridae / Synandrae; Asterales; Compositae / Asteraceae - Composites / Daisy or Sunflower Family
Proved by Small  and by Jones .
Description of the substance
Description: Natural Order, Compositae. This is a plant common to most meadows and the grassy edges of swamps throughout the United States, especially northward; but varieties of it are found on high and rocky grounds. Stem ten inches to two and a half feet high, erect, sometimes with a few branches above, woolly when young, smooth and striate when older. Leaves alternate, those from the root long-petiolate, simple, rounded or sub-cordate, crenate-toothed, two and a half incheslong; lower stem-leaves lyrate, short-petiolate; upper stem-leaves few, small, lanceolate, cut-pinnatifid, half-clasping. Flowers in corymbose heads an inch in diameter, all yellow; rays eight to twelve, pistillate, spreading, ligulate; disk florets numerous, small, tubular; receptacle flat, naked; pappus of numerous and very soft capillae. Involucre of a single row of flat and somewhat purplish-tipped scales. Blooming in May and June. This species has two principal varieties, named merely from local differences in the leaves-OBOVATUS and LANCEOLATUS. In rocky situations the lower leaves are small, and the upper stem-leaves often wanting; whence it has been classed as SENECIO GRACILIS. The roots of this genus are perennial, and the stems annual.
With its approx. 2000 species, the Senecio family probably has the most species in the plant kingdom. Varying from tiny weeds to tree-shaped species, and from decorative plants to climbers, the family can be found all over the world, although it prefers moderate, warm climates. It is said of the 60 different types occurring in Mexico alone that they have an intoxicant effect and cause hallucinations.
S. aureus found along streams, ravines and in other moist areas from Newfoundland to Florida and west to Wisconsin and Texas.