Stiff Groundsel

Stiff Groundsell
Stiff Groundsel, Australian Network for Plant Conservation

Common name

Stiff Groundsel

Scientific name

Senecio behrianus

Found in


EPBC status



Stiff Groundsel is a long-lived herb found in swamps, wetlands, and woodland or reed beds near rivers and streams. They grow from stems under the ground and are often found in clumps. Stiff Groundsel needs its habitat to be regularly flooded with water to survive.

Stiff Groundsel is thought to have been common across the floodplains and wetlands of the Murray Darling River in south-eastern Australia. They were considered extinct until 1991 when a few plants were rediscovered. A few populations of Stiff Groundsel have since been found in Victoria however they are all small and isolated from each other.

Key threats

  • Drying of habitat caused by artificial weirs and drainage channels that are changing how water moves across the landscape.
  • Habitat loss and isolation due to clearing for agricultural development and infrastructure maintenance.
  • Competition from invasive weeds.

Priority actions

  • Protect known populations and habitat from land clearing and infrastructure maintenance activities, particularly along fences and roads.
  • Improve habitat quality by managing weeds, revegetation, and excluding grazing stock. 
  • Provide water for populations in dry areas.
  • Maintain and expand ex situ collection of seed and propagation efforts to support translocation.

Protecting threatened species

We will be updating these Threatened Species Action Plan profiles to include:

  • projects to support species recovery
  • information on their trajectory.

Please check back for updates.

Read our Threatened Species Action Plan 2022-2032.

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Further information on this species, including links to conservation planning documents can be found on the Species Profile and Threats database.


The key threats and priority actions come from conservation planning documents. We have made some adjustments based on new information. It is not a list of all plausible threats and relevant actions, but a subset of each that are high impact and can be feasibly addressed over the life of the Action Plan to improve trajectories for the priority species.