Hypochoeris radicata L., Sp. Pl. 2: 811 811 1753. (Syn: Achyrophorus radicatus Scop.; Achyrophorus taraxacifolius Sch.Bip.; Apargia serotina Jan ex Steud.; Barkhausia radicata Godr.; Hypochaeris atlantica Sennen & Mauricio; Hypochaeris neapolitana DC.; Hypochaeris radicata var. erostris Emb. & Maire; Hypochaeris radicata subsp. neapolitana (DC.) Nyman; Hypochaeris radicata var. rostrata Moris; Porcellites radicata (L.) Cass.; Seriola caespitosa Porta);
native to N Africa and Europe; introduced to S and SE Africa, S and SE Asia, Australia, N India, Japan, North and South America, and Pacific islands (New Zealand) as per Flora of China;
The plant is native to Europe, but has also been introduced to the Americas, Japan, Australia and New Zealand where it can be an invasive weed. It is listed as a noxious weed in Washington State, USA.
The leaves, which may grow up to eight inches, are lobed and covered in fine hairs, forming a low-lying rosette around a central taproot. Forked stems carry bright yellow flower heads, and when mature these form seeds attached to windborne “parachutes”. All parts of the plant exude a milky sap when cut.
All parts of the catsear plant are edible; however, the leaves and roots are those most often harvested. The leaves are bland in taste but can be eaten raw in salads, steamed, or used in stir-fries. Older leaves can become tough and fibrous, but younger leaves are suitable for consumption. In contrast to the edible leaves of dandelion, catsear leaves only rarely have some bitterness. In Crete, Greece, the leaves of a variety called pachies (παχιές) or agrioradika (αγριοράδικα) are eaten boiled or cooked in steam by the locals.
The root can be roasted and ground to form a coffee substitute.
(From Wikipedia on 12.7.13)
Asteraceae Fortnight Part 3-Ligulate Heads (Plus Misc.): Hypochaeris radicata from California-GS13 : Attachments (2). 1 post by 1 author.
Asteraceae Herb for id from Shillong- NS January 2020::03 : 7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)
This composite is fairly common around Shillong, Meghalaya, foliage as well heads resemble Launaea, identification requested…
Pl. check Crepis species or Taraxacum officinale Webb or other Taraxacum species as per comparative images at Cichorieae
Thanks, …, for the id. Yes, appears close to Hypochaeris radicata
Is it reported from your area?
Yes, it is.