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

Leontodon saxatilis Lamarck
hairy hawkbit (lesser hawkbit)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Leontodon saxatilis ssp. saxatilis

Species Information

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Perennial herb from a fibrous root and a short, woody stem-base; stems erect, solitary to several, simple, glabrous except sometimes woolly-hairy in the inflorescence, 10-35 cm tall.
Basal leaves oblanceolate, usually shallowly lobed, stiff-hairy with short, forked hairs, 4-15 cm long, 6-25 mm wide; stem leaves lacking.
Heads with strap-shaped flowers, solitary; involucres 7-10 mm tall; involucral bracts subequal, the inner ones lanceolate, glabrous or stiff-hairy, the outer ones reduced to small bractlets; ray flowers yellow.
Achenes spindle-shaped, the outer ones smooth with a crown of short scales, the inner ones roughened; pappus of short or long, barbed bristles.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry to mesic roadsides, lawns and pastures in the lowland zone; frequent in SW BC, known from Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the lower Fraser valley, also on the Queen Charlotte Islands; introduced from Europe.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Leontodon leysseri
Leontodon nudicaulis subsp. taraxacoides
Leontodon saxatilis subsp. taraxacoides
Leontodon taraxacoides (Vill.) Mérat

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