Autumn Hawkbit

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

Species Detail
Common Name Autumn Hawkbit
Alternative Name
Scientific Name Leontodon autumnalis
Family Daisy Family Compositae
Species Reference blamey 296.2
Interest
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ID Notes

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 Distribution

These are nature reserves and wildlife hot-spots where I have recorded this species

Stanpit Marsh Local Nature Reserve

BCP Council, Local Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Hengistbury Head Local Nature Reserve

BCP Council, Local Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Ringstead Bay and Burning Cliff

National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Wareham Forest (Gore Heath)

Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, Forestry
3

Wareham Forest (Lower Hyde Heath)

Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, Forestry, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Durlston Country Park

Dorset Council, National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Bestwall Marsh and Swineham

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Corfe Castle Common

National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Morden Bog National Nature Reserve

National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Holton Lee

Other Conservation Organisation, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Radipole Lake Nature Reserve

RSPB, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Lodmoor Nature Reserve

RSPB, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Powerstock Common Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Butterfly Conservation, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Hilfield Hill Nature Reserve

Dorset Council, Local Nature Reserve
3
Species Habitats
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Habitat Reference Relationship
B4: Fringes - roadsides, bare ground & wasteland

Associated

G1: Calcareous Grassland

Associated