Autumn Hawkbit

A common low-growing dandelion-like flower with multiple flower heads. 

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'.


Species Detail
Common Name Autumn Hawkbit
Alternative Name
Scientific Name Leontodon autumnalis
Family Daisy Family Compositae
Species Reference blamey 296.2
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Species Habitats
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Habitat Reference Relationship
B4: Fringes - roadsides, bare ground & wasteland


G1: Calcareous Grassland