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Taxon: Hypochaeris radicata L.

Genus: Hypochaeris
Family: Asteraceae (alt. Compositae) subfamily: Cichorioideae tribe: Cichorieae subtribe: Hypochaeridinae
Nomen number: 19621
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2:811. 1753
Typification: View record from Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project of the Natural History Museum of London.
Name verified on: 13-Mar-2012 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 13-Mar-2012
Species priority site is: Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, Griffin, GA (S9).
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

A declared aquatic or terrestrial noxious weed and/or noxious-weed seed in these U.S. states (see state noxious weed lists), with links to state information or web documents:
ªAquatic. *Terrestrial. °In seed.
noxious weed information from Invaders Database System for northwestern U.S.

Common names:

  • cat's-ear   (Source: BSBI ) – English
  • false dandelion   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • flatweed   (Source: Websters Dict ) – English
  • pee-the-bed   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • rooted cat's-ear   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • spotted cat's-ear   (Source: Hortus 3 ) – English
  • wild dandelion   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • gewöhnliches Ferkelkraut   (Source: Zander Ency ) – German
  • almeirão-do-campo   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • almeirão-roseta   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • rotfibbla   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:

Distributional range:

    Macaronesia: Portugal - Madeira Islands; Spain - Canary Islands
    Northern Africa: Algeria; Libya; Morocco; Tunisia
    Western Asia: Turkey
    Caucasus: Azerbaijan; Georgia; Russian Federation - Ciscaucasia, Dagestan
    Northern Europe: Denmark; Ireland; Norway; Sweden; United Kingdom
    Middle Europe: Austria; Belgium; Czech Republic; Germany; Hungary; Netherlands; Poland; Slovakia; Switzerland
    East Europe: Belarus; Estonia; Latvia; Lithuania; Moldova; Russian Federation - European part; Ukraine
    Southeastern Europe: Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Greece [incl. Crete]; Italy [incl. Sardinia, Sicily]; Macedonia; Montenegro; Romania; Serbia; Slovenia
    Southwestern Europe: France [incl. Corsica]; Portugal; Spain [incl. Baleares]

      Naturalized: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Macaronesia: Portugal - Azores
    South Tropical Africa: Mozambique; Zimbabwe
    Southern Africa: Lesotho; South Africa; Swaziland
    Western Indian Ocean: Madagascar; Reunion
    China: China - Yunnan
    Eastern Asia: Japan; Taiwan
    Indian Subcontinent: India
    Australia: Australia
    New Zealand: New Zealand
    Subarctic America: United States - Alaska
    Eastern Canada: Canada - Newfoundland
    Western Canada: Canada - British Columbia
    Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia
    North-Central U.S.A.: United States - Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin
    Northwestern U.S.A.: United States - Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington
    Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
    South-Central U.S.A.: United States - Texas
    Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - California, Nevada, Utah
    North-Central Pacific: United States - Hawaii
    Caribbean: Jamaica
    Mesoamerica: Costa Rica; Guatemala
    Brazil: Brazil - Parana, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Sao Paulo
    Western South America: Ecuador
    Southern South America: Argentina; Chile; Uruguay



Check other web resources for Hypochaeris radicata L.:


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USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
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