Common name: Catsear, Flatweed
Hypochaeris radicata L. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb, 15–80 cm high, rootstock fleshy; stems mostly glabrous, sometimes hispid.
Basal leaves obovate in outline, 5–20 cm long, 10–40 mm wide, margins toothed, sinuate to pinnatifid, lamina usually hispid, rarely glabrous, sessile or petiolate; cauline leaves (if present) similar, few, reducing upwards.
Heads solitary, on branched stems, spreading, 5–15 mm diam. Florets yellow.
Achenes with a long slender beak, body 4–7 mm long, ribbed, beak 7–10 mm long; pappus 8–14 mm long, 2-seriate, inner plumose, outer scabrous bristles.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in lawns, gardens, roadsides, pastures, disturbed habitats, widespread weed. Native of Eur.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *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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