A common low-growing dandelion-like flower with multiple flower heads.
|Common Name||Autumn Hawkbit|
|Scientific Name||Leontodon autumnalis|
|Family||Daisy Family Compositae|
|Species Reference||blamey 296.2|
Autumn Hawkbit: the autumn dandelion - There are lots of flowers we call dandelions and many, of course, are not! They may have yellow dandelion-like flower heads that turn into dandelion-like clocks but they are not dandelions. The challenge is telling them apart. I am not a botanist but by applying some basic principals identification of these tough species (thistles are another one) becomes a bit easier.
Firstly, some species are more common than others and this is a good starting point because you are, statistically, more likely to see a common species than a rare one. Then, time of year and habitat play a role.
This species, autumn hawkbit (Leontodon autumnalis), is common in late summer and throughout the autumn and it can be found in all sorts of habitat but it really loves a bit of rough ground or roadside verge. It has stems that branch out with a single flower on each branch. It is a scruffy, untidy flower that likes scruffy, untidy places. A true 'weed'.
These are nature reserves and wildlife hot-spots where I have recorded this species
|Site||Notes||Record Date||Report Date|
|Alners Gorse Nature Reserve||Present|
|Ashley Wood Nature Reserve||Nearby fields|
|Bestwall Marsh and Swineham||Present|
|Chaldon Herring||Lots in the hedgerow|
|Corfe Castle Common||Wild Flower Walks (see bibliography)|
|Durlston Country Park||Present|
|Hengistbury Head Local Nature Reserve||Present|
|Hilfield Hill Nature Reserve||Present|
|Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve||Present|
|Lodmoor Nature Reserve||Present|
|Morden Bog National Nature Reserve||Present|
|Powerstock Common Nature Reserve||Present|
|Purbeck Ridge (Ridgeway Hill and Steeple Hill)||Present|
|Radipole Lake Nature Reserve||Present|
|Ringstead Bay and Burning Cliff||Present|
|Stanpit Marsh Local Nature Reserve||Present|
|Wareham Forest (Gore Heath)||Present|
|Wareham Forest (Lower Hyde Heath)||Present|
|West Bexington Nature Reserve and Cogden Beach||Present|