Scientific Name:
Leontodon saxatilis Lam. (1779) – as saxatile
  • Leontodon taraxacoides (Vill.) Mérat (1831) nom. illeg.
  • = Hyoseris taraxacoides Vill.

Perennial with slender to stout rootstock. Stems ascending, not branching, (2)–10–50 cm tall, glabrous or with sparse 2-fid hairs. Lvs all basal, linear to linear-oblanceolate, simple and distantly dentate to pinnatifid with triangular spreading to recurved lobes, (2)–6–16–(25) × (0.2)–0.6–1.5–(3) cm; hairs 2–(3)-fid at tip, sparse to dense. Stem bracts 0–(1). Capitula turbinate, nodding in bud. Involucral bracts linear-lanceolate, acute, glabrous or with 2-fid hairs; outer bracts c. ⅓ length of inner bracts; inner bracts (7)–10–15 mm long. Florets yellow, c. 11/2× length of involucre. Stigmas yellow. Achenes pale brown; outer achenes smooth or finely muriculate, not beaked, cylindric, 3–4 mm long, with a pappus of scales c. 0.7 mm long; inner achenes muricate, shortly beaked, fusiform, 4–5 mm long, with a pappus of 2 rows of bristles, the outer row short, simple, the inner row 5–7 mm long, plumose, widened at base.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4. as Leontodon taraxacoides (Vill.) Mérat]


Flowering: (Sep.)–Nov.–Apr.; Fruiting: (Sep.)–Jan.–Apr.–(Jul.)