Submitted by Robert Carter on Mon, 10/06/2024 - 13:49

I wonder if you think that an 'agg' classification for hawkweeds might be useful.

I often think that these really difficult specimens might go under-recorded because we are afraid of making a mistake.

I found interesting specimens at Slawston railway bridge on Sunday but would hesitate to go further than a very general ID.

I got as far as an unfeathered pappus of unequal hairs and overlapping, unequal rows of bracts round the flower head and cylindrical achenes.

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Submitted by sue on Tue, 18/06/2024 - 07:23

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I do agree, Robert - to be able to submit a record as Hieracium genus would be useful.  I will set it up in the next few days.

According to Stace there are 415 species in the British Isles, which he divides into 15 sections.  Your photos of the plant with spotted leaves would be the one Stace refers to as belonging in sect. Vulgata, but he also says 'The name Hieracium maculatum has been loosely applied to several species with heavily purple-blotched leaves'.