Common name: Mouse-ear Hawkweed
Hieracium pilosella L. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb 10–20 cm high, when flowering, sometimes up to 30 cm high.
Leaves forming a rosettle with stolons growing prolifically from the rosettes and forming new plants. Leaves spathulate to oblanceolate, subacute, mainly sessile, 2.5–4.5 mm long, 0.4–12 mm wide; leaves growing on stolons much smaller; upper surface light green and with scattered coarse white simple hairs, lower surface almost white with a covering of small stellate hairs and long eglandular hairs 1–2 mm long.
Flowers on erect stems with simple hairs, short glandular hairs and dense stellate hairs. Flowerheads solitary, involucre 8–13 mm long; involucral bracts with dense stellate hairs, simple eglandular hairs and glandular hairs (which appear black). Florets yellow, ray florets often with a red stripe on the under or outer surface.
Achenes 2 mm long, black, ribbed, with white pappus.
Flowering: Flowers summer.
Distribution and occurrence: In the alps in southern tablelands of New South Wales.
NSW subdivisions: *ST
Declared Noxious Weed
Text by Louisa Murray
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