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Hairy Hawkbit - a weed (*Leontodon saxatilis)
Family: Asteraceae (Daisy Family).
Native of Europe.
Other names: Leontodon taraxoides
, Lion's Tooth.
Occurrence: Widespread and fairly common. However, it could readily be mistaken for one of the other dandelion-flowered daisies.
- it has dandelion-like yellow daisy flowers
- the flowering stems are undivided and of uniform thickness
- the leaves are in a basal rosette
- the leaves are lobed; the teeth are more pronounced than those of Cat's Ear
- the leaves are hairy with forked hairs, compared with Cat's Ear with unforked hairs
- the flowering stems are not wider just below the flowers.
It is an environmental weed.
Photos 1,2,3: Hairy Hawkbit. Western Reserve, Castlemaine. 4: Floret. It does not have scales between florets.
The name Leontodon meaning lion's-tooth, refers to the toothed leaves; saxatilis: dwelling among rocks.