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Weed Science & Agronomy

Bayer Code : hryra

Scientific name: Hypochoeris radicata L.

Synonym(s) of Sc. name:

Classification: Compositae, Dicotyledonous

Common name: cat's-ear

Synonym(s) of Common name:

Name per country: DE : Gemeines Ferkelkraut ; ES : hierba del halcón ; FR : porcelle enracinée ; IT : costolina giuncolina ; PT : leituga ; EN : cat's-ear ; NL : gewoon biggekruid ; DK : almindelig kongepen

Biological type: Perennial

Seed snapshot Seed:


Seedling snapshot Seedling:

- Cotyledons elliptic to ovate, clavated tip, more or less stalked.

- Leaves entire, ovate or deltoid, irregularly dentate.

Adult plant snapshotAdult plant snapshot Adult plant:

- Height: 30-70 cm. Plant with a thick and persistent stock.

- Stem erect, more or less branched, glaucous.

- Leaves all in rosette, hispid, oblong, tapered at the base, pinnatifid.

- Florets yellow, in head. Involucre with membranous-margined bracts, hairless, bristly on the midrib. Florets lengthening into a 5-toothed ligule.

- Fruit : orange achenes, scale -like, topped with a feathery hairs pappus and narrowed in a long beak. - Plant eaten when young. In autumn appearence of a new rosette.

- Rare in crops.

- Risk of confusion with Hypochoeris glabra L.

- Biological type: Perennial.

Mistake with: Hypochoeris glabra

Ecological profile (click on flags): BeneLux   Present     Germany  Rare     Denmark  Present     Spain  Present     France  Present     Great Britain  Rare     Italy  Present     Portugal  Present    

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