Common cat's-ear Hypochaeris radicata, from here.

Belongs within: Cichorioideae.

The Leontodontinae contains the hawkbits and related plants. They are distinguished from other subtribes in the Cichorioideae by their pappus of plumose brsitles, rather than scales or capillary bristles (Black & Robertson 1965). Tragopogon porrifolius (salsify) and Scorzonera laciniata (scorzonera) are grown as root vegetables.

Characters (from Black & Robertson 1965): Flower-heads homogamous, flowers all bisexual; style with plano-convex branches attenuated towards summit, bearing stigmatic papillae on whole of inner and well-developed collecting hairs on outside down to below place where branches fork; anthers acute or acuminate at base; pappus of plumose bristles.

    |--Urospermum picroides (Linnaeus) Scopoli ex Schmidt 1795 BR65, PL04
    |--Tragopogon BR65
    |    |--T. dubius RS98
    |    |--T. orientalis BN99
    |    |--T. porrifolius BR65
    |    `--T. pratensis RS98
    |--Scorzonera BR65
    |    |--S. cana Y98
    |    |--S. cretica PT98
    |    |--S. elata PT98
    |    |--S. laciniata [=Podospermum laciniatum] BR65
    |    `--S. sublanata PT98
    |--Picris BR65
    |    |--P. angustifolia GK00
    |    |--P. cyanocarpa AGF98
    |    |--P. echioides [=Helminthia echioides] BR65
    |    |--P. hieracioides BR65
    |    |    |--P. h. var. hieracioides BR65
    |    |    `--P. h. var. squarrosa BR65
    |    `--P. pauciflora PT98
    |--Leontodon BR65
    |    |--L. autumnalis PAE98
    |    |--L. crispus Vill. 1779 PL04
    |    |    |--L. c. ssp. crispus PL04
    |    |    `--L. c. ssp. graecus (Boissier & Heldreich) Hayek 1931 PL04
    |    |--L. hispidus M30
    |    |--L. incanum C55
    |    |--L. leysseri [incl. Thrincia hirta] BR65
    |    |--L. taraxacoides J87
    |    `--L. tuberosus Linnaeus 1753 PL04
    `--Hypochaeris BR65
         |--H. acaulis TS03
         |--H. achyrophorus Linnaeus 1753 PL04
         |--H. arenaria D03
         |--H. glabra BR65
         |    |--H. g. var. glabra BR65
         |    |--H. g. var. arachnoidea BR65
         |    |--H. g. var. loiseleuriana BR65
         |    `--H. g. var. minima BR65
         |--H. poeppigii D03
         `--H. radicata BR65
              |--H. r. var. radicata BR65
              `--H. r. var. heterocarpa BR65

*Type species of generic name indicated


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[BR65] Black, J. M., & E. L. Robertson. 1965. Flora of South Australia. Part IV. Oleaceae-Compositae. W. L. Hawes, Government Printer: Adelaide.

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[D03] Dusén, P. 1903. The vegetation of western Patagonia. In Reports of the Princeton University Expeditions to Patagonia, 1896-1899, vol. 8 – Botany (W. B. Scott, ed.) pp. 1-34. The University: Princeton (New Jersey).

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[J87] Judd, W. S. 1987. Floristic study of Morne La Visite and Pic Macaya National Parks, Haiti. Bulletin of the Florida State Museum – Biological Sciences 32 (1): 1-136.

[M30] Moss, C. E. 1930. Some natural hybrids of Clematis, Anemone, and Gerbera from the Transvaal. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London 141: 36-40.

[PAE98] Pakeman, R. J., J. P. Attwood & J. Engelen. 1998. Sources of plants colonizing experimentally disturbed patches in an acidic grassland, in eastern England. Journal of Ecology 86: 1032-1041.

[PT98] Panitsa, M., & D. Tzanoudakis. 1998. Contribution to the study of the Greek flora: Flora and vegetation of the E Aegean islands Agathonisi and Pharmakonisi. Willdenowia 28: 95-116.

[PL04] Pohl, G., & I. Lenski. 2004. Zur Verbreitung und Vergesellschaftung von Pennisetum orientale Rich. in Nordeuböa (Griechenland) (Poaceae, Paniceae). Senckenbergiana Biologica 83 (2): 209-223.

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[TS03] Tremetsberger, K., T. F. Stuessy, Y.-P. Guo, C. M. Baeza, H. Weiss & R. M. Samuel. 2003. Amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) variation within and among populations of Hypochaeris acaulis (Asteraceae) of Andean southern South America. Taxon 52: 237-245.

[Y98] Yannitsaros, A. 1998. Additions to the flora of Kithira (Greece) I. Willdenowia 28: 77-94.

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