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Annuals.  Taprooted.  Sap is milky white.  Stems are much-branched in robust plants, especially toward the summit, glabrous, or more often densely, short pubescent.  Typical plant height is 2 to 3 ft. (6 to 9 dm).

The terminal and branch inflorescences tend to be in the shape of a corymb (flat- to round-topped), several flower heads per branch, located toward the tips of the branches.

Flower heads are ligulate.  All florets are bisexual and fertile.  Floret corollas are yellow.  

Cypselae are spindle-shaped, round in cross-section, tapered at both ends, but not beaked, purple-brown in color.  The pappus is of fine, hairlike bristles.

Basal leaves, often present at flowering, are narrowly lanceolate and coarsely lobed, the lobes oriented toward the base of the leaves.  Stem leaves mostly subtend branch inflorescences.  They are linear, obscurely toothed, have margins curled under (revolute), and densely hairy with matted, tangled hairs on the undersides.

Plants of fields, roadsides, open disturbed areas.  Flowers May to June.  Not native.

 


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Similar species:  Crepis capillaris, Hypochaeris radicata and Leontodon autumnalis.

 

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