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Hypochaeris glabra
smooth cat's ear, false dandelion
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to California; central and eastern U.S.

Habitat: Rocky balds, disturbed meadows, wasteland areas, especially in sandy soil.

Flowers: May-June

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Tap-rooted, glabrous annual or winter annual, 1-4 dm. tall, sparingly branched, nearly naked, with milky juice.


Leaves all basal, oblanceolate, toothed or pinnatifid, 3-35 cm. long and 7-35 mm. wide.


Heads several or solitary, terminating the branches, not showy, opening only in full sun; involucre 8-10 mm. high, the bracts imbricate; corollas all ligulate, yellow, about the same length as the involucre and only twice as long as broad; receptacle covered with chaffy bracts; pappus of plumose bristles, except the outer merely barbellate and shorter.


Achenes 4-5 mm. long, with small, sharp projections on the nerves, and with a well-developed, slender beak except for the outer achenes.

Accepted Name:
Hypochaeris glabra L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 2: 811. 1753. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Hypochaeris glabra in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Hypochaeris glabra checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Hypochaeris glabra atlas page.

CalPhotos: Hypochaeris glabra photos.

USDA Plants: Hypochaeris glabra information.

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