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Lesser Hawkbit

Leontodon saxatilis

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Asterales
Family:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Type:
Flower
Maximum Size:
40 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Grassland, moorland, sand dunes.

Flower:
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Yellow, many petals
 
Solitary bright yellow flowers, up to 2cm wide. The outer florets are violet-tinted beneath. The flowers of the similar looking Rough Hawkbit (Leontodon hispidus) are reddish beneath.
Fruit:
There are 2 types of fruit. The first is the outer achene - a cylindrical, non-beaked, pale brown achene with a pappus of scales. Up to 4mm in length. The second type is the inner achene - this is short-beaked and reaches 5mm in length. It has a pappus (feathery bristles) of 2 rows.
Leaves:
A short-lived perennial plant with bluntly lobed, oblong leaves in a basal rosette. The leaves can be either hairy or hairless. The hairs are forked. The similar looking Autumn Hawkbit (Leontodon autumnalis) and Common Cat's-ear (Hypochaeris radicata) have simple hairs.
Other Names:
Hairy Hawkbit, Little Hawkbit.
Frequency (UK):
Common  
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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