Hieracium caespitosum

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Taxonomy
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Hieracium
Species: caespitosum
Scientific Name
Hieracium caespitosum
Dumort.
Scientific Name Synonym
Hieracium pratense
Dumort.
Common Names

meadow hawkweed, yellow hawkweed

Overview

Appearance
Hieracium caespitosum is a perennial plant in the sunflower family. It grows from 1-3 ft. (0.3-0.9 m) tall and produces a milky sap when crushed.
Foliage
Leaves long and narrow, up to 6 in. (15.2 cm) long, somewhat hairy on both sides, and form a basal rosette. There are also one or two small leaves found on the stem.
Flowers
Flowers are yellow, dandelion-like, and develop in summer to fall. Flowers in bud are rounded and black in tight clusters on top of the stems.
Fruit
25-30 seeds can be found on one fruit and have fine white bristles which aid in wind dispersal. The plant can spread by seed, stolon, and rhizome.
Ecological Threat
Hieracium caespitosum is native to Europe and occurs in fields, roadsides and sparse woodlands. It was first found in the United States in Washington in 1969.

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