Hypochaeris radicata L.

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Hypochaeris radicata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd nr Hycroft nursery

Hypochaeris radicata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd nr Hycroft nursery

Hypochaeris radicata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd nr Hycroft nursery

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Common names: Hairy wild lettuce (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Introduced
Perennial herb with flowering stems growing from a basal rosette of oblanceolate to narrowly elliptic leaves, margins deeply pinnately lobed, more or less densely hairy above. Flower heads solitary with 3 to 4 whorls of involucral bracts, bright yellow.
Notes: See Crepis hypochaeridea for differences between the two species.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: A cosmopolitan weed of road sides and other disturbed places, originally from Europe.
Altitude range: (metres) 1500 - 1800 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Native of Europe; naturalised in many parts of the world
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Endemic status:
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Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 26.

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Pages 192 - 194. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Hypochaeris radicata.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=162040, retrieved 11 December 2023

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