Rough Hawkbit - Leontodon hispidus

    Description

    Low to medium plant. Each flower is on a long, leafless stem. The leaves, stem and buds are covered in numerous hairs. The leaves have a winged stalk. The solitary flowerheads are 25 to 40 mm and are bright yellow, the outer rays orange or reddish beneath.

    Similar Species

    Other hawkbits (Leontodon and Scorzoneroides), Hawkweeds (Hieracium and Pilosella) and Cat's-ear (Hypochaeris)

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Stems leafless but with a few bracts, leaves have forked hairs (Autumnal Hawkbit and Cat's-ear have simple hairs).  Bracts very 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.

    Habitat

    Railway embankments and other grassy habitats, often on well drained calcareous soil.

    When to see it

    June to October.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in much of Britain except the far north.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in some areas, but rather local in distribution throughout Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 324 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map