Hypochaeris radicata L.

Cat's Ear

Hypochaeris radicata plant

Family - Asteraceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Hypochaeris radicata leaves

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Involucre - No info. yet.

Hypochaeris radicata involucreInvolucre.

Ray flowers - No info. yet.

Hypochaeris radicata flowers

Hypochaeris radicata fruitFruiting head.

Hypochaeris radicata fruitIndividual fruit.

Disk flowers - Absent.

Flowering - May - August.

Habitat - Roadsides, railroads, waste ground, fields.

Origin - Native to Europe.

Other info. - This showy species can be found in just a handful of Missouri counties but is spreading. The plant can be identified in the field by its distinctive basal leaves and big, radiate flower heads. From a distance, this species can resemble others in the family such as Taraxacum officinale Wiggers, or Pyrrhopappus carolinianus (Walt.) DC., but closer inspection reveals the differences between these plants.

Photographs taken in Marquette, MI., 9-8-03, and in Auburn, AL., 4-17-05.