Flora of Northern Ireland
  • Hypochaeris glabra L. - Smooth Cat's-ear
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Hypochaeris glabra
© Paul Hackney
Hypochaeris glabra
© Alan Hill
Hypochaeris glabra
© Alan Hill
Hypochaeris glabra
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Plants with yellow dandelion-like flowers are often difficult to identify for the non-specialist. This one is an annual species with a basal rosette of shiny hairless leaves (glabra means hairless) and bearing the small flower heads on the ends of a branched stem which can reach about twelve inches in very robust plants, but is usually much less. Its main habitat is sand dune grassland along the North Coast.

All names: Hypochaeris glabra L.; Hypochoeris glabra L.