Cat's-ear - Hypochaeris radicata
Low to short plant, with a basal rosette of wavy edged leaves, never cut to the midrib, covered with many stiff, unbranched hairs that are raised on pimples. Flowerheads, yellow, 20 to 30 mm.
Hawkweeds (Hieracium and Pilosella) and Hawkbits (Leontodon and Scorzoneroides)
No leaves up stems, or very few, reduced, leaves. Receptacular scales present (i.e. narrow pointed bracts amongst the yellow florets). Bracts dull green and bristly on the midrib
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.
Common in grassy areas and short turf, roadside verges, lawns, etc.
June to September.
A common plant across Britain.
Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 468 of the 617 tetrads.
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