Synonym:  Leontodon autumnalis  (L.)

              

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Plants of grassy roadsides, lawns, open disturbed sites, waste areas.  Flowers July to September.  Uncommon in Central New York.  Not native.

Perennial.  Fibrous-rooted.  Tends to form tufts of numerous,  ascending stems.  Stems are glabrous toward the base, becoming pubescent with short, densely matted hairs above.  The sap is milky white.  Typical height is 1 to 2+ feet.

Inflorescences are open, with 2-5 flower heads borne on long peduncles on each stem.

Flower heads are ligulate.  All florets are bisexual and fertile.  Corollas are yellow; 5-toothed, sometimes reddish on the undersides.  Involucral bracts and peduncles are pubescent with short, densely matted hairs.  Longer, simple hairs or bristles are not present on involucres.

Basal leaves are present throughout the season.  They are narrowly oblanceolate, glabrous or pubescent, and often deeply lobed (similar to dandelion leaves, but narrower).  Stem leaves are greatly reduced to minute bracts, the stem thus appearing "leafless".

Cypselae are brown to reddish-brown, cylindrical or spindle-shaped, glabrous, though roughened with minute projections.  Pappus bristles are branched, appearing feather-like.

Similar species:  Hypochaeris radicata.

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