Hypochaeris radicata L.

Cat's-ear

Sp. Pl. 2: 811 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Perennial herb 10–80 cm high. Leaves c. oblanceolate in outline, 2–30 cm long, 10–40 mm wide, obtuse, base attenuate, margins toothed to pinnatifid, moderately to densely hispid. Capitulum 20–30 mm diam.; scapes 1–few, erect, simple or branched; peduncle often inflated below capitula; outer involucral bracts ovate; inner involucral bracts narrow-lanceolate, 10–25 mm long, reflexed in fruit, glabrous or hairy on midrib. Ligules 8–16 mm long, much exceeding involucre, bright yellow. Cypselas fusiform, 8–17 mm long, long-beaked; pappus 2-seriate, inner plumose bristles 9–15 mm long, outer scabrous bristles 3–6 mm long. Flowers mostly Aug.–Dec.

*Brid, *CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HFE, *HNF, *HSF, *LoM, *MonT, *MuF, *MuM, *MSB, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *RobP, *SnM, *Strz, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *WPro, *Wim. Also naturalised in all States. Native to Europe. Native to Europe. Except for the far north-west, common and widespread almost throughout the State, in both disturbed and natural habitats.

Probably the most ubiquitous weed in Victoria, occurring even in near-pristine native vegetation.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-01-14
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-05-09
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Hypochaeris
Higher taxa

Victoria

Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Hypochaeris radicata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Hypochaeris radicata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Bridgewater present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Scroll Belt present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Wilsons Promontory present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised
Monaro Tablelands present naturalised
Highlands-Far East present naturalised
Victorian Alps present naturalised
Snowy Mountains present naturalised

State distribution

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State
Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
Queensland
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory
Victoria
Tasmania