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Perennials.  Stems may be solitary or several, growing from taproots and a woody caudex.  They are glabrous, except for a few coarse hairs near the base.  Each stem may be branched one or more times, the branches bearing a pair of flower heads on long peduncles. The sap is milky white.  Typical height is from 1.5 to 2 feet.

Overall inflorescences are open, the flower heads usually borne in pairs on long peduncles.

Flower heads are ligulate.  All florets are bisexual and fertile.  Corollas are yellow; 5-toothed, sometimes reddish on the undersides.  Involucral bracts are glabrous or sometimes bear short, stiff bristles on midveins.

Basal leaves are often present throughout the season.  They are oblanceolate, coarsely lobed and/or toothed, pubescent with coarse, rough hairs.  Stem leaves are reduced to minute bracts.

Cypselae are spindle-shaped, brown, with multiple ribs and a long, thin beakPappus bristles are branched, appearing  feather-like.

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

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Similar species:  Leontodon autumnalis.

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