Common name: Lesser Hawkbit, Hairy Hawkbit
Leontodon saxatilis Lam. APNI*
Synonyms: Leontodon taraxacoides (Vill.) Willd. ex Mérat APNI*
Leontodon taraxacoides (Vill.) Willd. ex Mérat subsp. taraxacoides APNI*
Leontodon leysseri Beck APNI*
Description: Perennial herb, rarely biennial, 15–40 cm high. Leaves and lower part of peduncles covered with short 2- or 3-fid hairs.
Leaves in a basal rosette, narrow-oblanceolate, 3–17 cm long, 5–15 mm wide, margins toothed to pinnatifid, lobes almost triangular.
Heads turbinate, 5–12 mm diam., nodding until mature; outer bracts subulate; inner bracts narrow-lanceolate. Ray florets 3–7 mm long, yellow.
Achenes 4–5 mm long, transversely muricate, of 2 kinds: outer smooth or finely muricate, not beaked, curved, with a pappus of small scales; inner muricate, ± beaked, with pappus in two rows, outer simple, inner plumose.
Distribution and occurrence:
Weed of lawns and wasteland, predominantly in urban areas with moderate rainfall and/or irrigation. Widespread.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *Tas. *W.A. *S.A.
Text by Text edited C. Herscovitch 9 Jun 2009; updated PG wilson, September 2019.
Taxon concept: Thompson, Muelleria 25:91-92 (2007), as L. taraxacoides.
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