Common name: Smooth Catsear
Hypochaeris glabra L. APNI*
Description: Annual 10–40 cm high with slender taproot, stems glabrous.
Basal leaves obovate in outline, 2–15 cm long, 5–30 mm wide, margins toothed, sinuate to pinnatifid, lamina usually glabrous, sometimes a few hairs present, sessile or petiolate; cauline leaves (if present) similar, few, reducing upwards.
Heads solitary, on branched stems, 3–10 mm diam. Florets yellow.
Achenes of 2 types: inner achene body 3–5 mm long, ribbed, with beak c. 7 mm long; outer achenes similar but apex truncate, not beaked. Pappus 8–10 mm long; 2-seriate, inner plumose, outer scabrous bristles.
Distribution and occurrence: Commonly growsin lawns, gardens, roadsides, pastures and woodland and disturbed habitats, widespread weed. Native of Eur., Asia & Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *NWP, *SWP, *NFWP, *SFWP, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *Tas. *W.A. *S.A. *N.T.
Text by L. Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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