Leontodon saxatilis Lam.
Common Name: LITTLE HAWKBIT
Synonym: Leontodon taraxacoides
Coefficient of Conservatism: *
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Ad P-Forb

L. taraxacoides of Michigan Flora

A roadside and lawn weed, first collected in Michigan at Detroit (Wayne Co.) in 1930, but not gathered again until the late 1950’s (in the Upper Peninsula). An Old World native, still sparingly introduced in Michigan. The heads are yellow. See also comments under Hypochaeris radicata and Scorzoneroides autumnalis.

The distinctive minutely forked tips on many of the hairs are a feature shared with the leafy-stemmed Picris hieracioides and with L. hispidus L., not yet known from Michigan and differing in having also some short-stalked stellate hairs and all achenes with a pappus of the type occurring in the central flowers of L. saxatilis.

Locations

Alger County
Alpena County
Baraga County
Benzie County
Chippewa County
Emmet County
Genesee County
Ingham County
Lenawee County
Mecosta County
Schoolcraft County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 16, 2017. http://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=392.