Lesser Hawkbit - Leontodon saxatilis
Low to short slightly hairy plant with unbranched stem, scarcely thickened below the flowerhead, without leaf-like bracts. Leaves narrowly oblong, broadest above the middle, untoothed to pinnately lobed. Flowerheads solitary, 12 to 20 mm deep yellow, the outer rays greyish violet beneath. Flower bracts pale, narrow-lanceolate with stiff hairs.
Grassy habitats, usually on sandy or calcareous soils.
Flowers June to October.
Short lived perennial.
Widespread in the southern half of Britain, more coastal further north.
Infrequent, but possibly overlooked in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 54 of the 617 tetrads.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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