E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Leontodon autumnalis L.
autumn hawkbit (fall dandelion)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Distribution of Leontodon autumnalis
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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a fibrous root and a short, woody stem-base; stems erect, solitary to several, usually branched above, glabrous except sometimes woolly-hairy in the inflorescence, 10-80 cm tall.
Basal leaves oblanceolate, 4-35 cm long, 5-40 mm wide, glabrous or stiff-hairy with simple hairs, deeply and distinctly lobed to occasionally entire; stem leaves with minute, scaly bracts.
Heads with strap-shaped flowers, terminal in a several-headed inflorescence; involucres 7-13 mm tall; involucral bracts linear-lanceolate, graduated; ray flowers yellow.
Achenes spindle-shaped, not beaked, weakly-nerved, 4-7.5 mm long; pappus of feathery bristles with dry scales at the base.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry to mesic roadsides, pastures and disturbed sites in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; frequent in extreme S BC; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Leontodon autumnalis

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 410 610 810
Slope Gradient (%) 0 30 60
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
275 274 275
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
2 3 4
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BG(1), SBS(1)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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