Autumn Hawkbit - Scorzoneroides autumnalis

    Alternative names
    Leontodon autumnalis

    Low to medium plant usually with branched stems. Leaves narrow oblong deeply toothed to pinnately lobed. Flowerheads 20 to 35 mm yellow, the outer rays striped with red outside.

    Similar Species

    Cat's-ear (Hypochaeris), other Hawkbits (Leontodon), Hawkweeds (Hieracium and Pilosella)

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Leaves can be deeply lobed almost to midrib, or less lobed; glabrous or with a few simple (not forked) hairs. Stems usually branched.  No receptacular scales among the yellow florets.  Stem is swollen just below bracts so it merges into the flowerhead, and bracts usually hairy.

    Recording advice

    A side-on picture of the flowerhead and stem. This cannot be verified form a 'full-face' picture looking down onto the flowerhead; there are very many similar flowers.


    Rocky or grassy places, pathways, waysides.

    When to see it

    June to October.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 526 of the 617 tetrads.

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