West Highland Flora

Common Catsear


Hypochaeris radicata

 

Hypochaeris radicata

Photo Carl Farmer
29 Sep 2001 Scorrybreac, Skye

Very common in rough ground, walls, rocks, roadsides, grassy areas.

Flowerhead diameter c 2.5-4 cm

ID: Involucre bell-shaped (pic on left) not narrowing into stalk as in Autumn Hawkbit.  Outer florets grey below.  No leaves on stem but a few scale-like bracts.  (If these absent and plant small, try Lesser Hawkbit)

Other features: Involucral bracts of varying lengths, with hairy midribs.

 

Hypochaeris radicata

Photo Carl Farmer
18 Aug 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye

  Hypochaeris radicata

Photo Carl Farmer
20 Sep 2001 Portree, Skye
 

  Plant can form huge tufts as here

 

Hypochaeris radicata

Photo Carl Farmer
14 Oct 2003 Portree, Skye
Flowerhead c 4.7 cm across from extreme tip to tip

  Hypochaeris radicata

Photo Carl Farmer
14 Oct 2003 Portree, Skye

Left: Remains of yellow-tipped tube florets,
with young red achenes and pappuses

Above: Ripe achene with pappus


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