West Highland Flora

Lesser Hawkbit


Leontodon taraxacoides

Other name: Leontodon saxatilis

Leontodon taraxacoides

Photo Jackie Miles
NSW South Coast Weeds
(Bega Valley, NSW, Australia)

Rare in dry gravelly ground or short dry turf.

Flowerhead diameter c 12-20 mm.  Stems typically 5-20 cm high, a smaller plant than Autumn Hawkbit.

ID: Has no leaves or bracts on the stem, not even tiny scale-like bracts as in other Catsears and Hawkbits.  Dandelions are the only similar species with completely bare stems.  Told from Dandelions by the achene having either no beak or one shorter than the rest of the achene.

Other features: Outer florets often grey beneath.

 

Leontodon taraxacoides

Photo Jackie Miles
NSW South Coast Weeds
(Bega Valley, NSW, Australia)

 

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