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;

Hypochaeris radicata (sometimes spelled Hypochoeris radicata), also known as catsear, flatweed,[1][2] cat’s ear or false dandelion, is a perennial, low-lying edible herb often found in lawns.

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.[3]
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.[4]
The root can be roasted and ground to form a coffee substitute.
(From Wikipedia on 12.7.13)


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…

Not Launaea

Pl. check Crepis species or Taraxacum officinale Webb or other Taraxacum species as per comparative images at Cichorieae

Hypochaeris radicata?

Thanks, …, for the id. Yes, appears close to Hypochaeris radicata

Is it reported from your area?

Yes, it is.



Crepis capillaris (L.) Wallr.

Common name:  Smooth hawksbeard
Annual herb of roadsides with rosette forming leaves and yellow ray florets on slender branched stems.
Clicked from Filoli Gardens California, June 22, 2019.

Phyllaries look different from those at POWO.

I hope Hypochaeris radicata.


Images by Gurcharan Singh (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more images & complete details, click on the links) 


Asteraceae Fortnight Part 3-Ligulate Heads (Plus Misc.): Hypochaeris radicata from California-GS13 : Attachments (2).  1 post by 1 author.
Hypochaeris radicata, photographed from Sunnyvale in California.





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