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Catsear / Flatweed

Hypochaeris radicata or Hypochoeris radicata


This plant usually mistaken as Dandelion as the flowers of both plants are very similar.


Usually found on lawn. native of Europe, but can also be found in America, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.


Very windy and sunny having hard time taking these photos ... Learn interesting lesson today :) Never know this is a Dandelion :D Even more interesting!!! I just caught a fake Dandelion !! :)

1 species ID suggestions

MartinL 6 years ago
Catsear (AKA Flatweed) (AKA False dandelion)
Hypochaeris radicata Catsear


iGooism 6 years ago

Me too!! Most interesting spotting for me so far :) Thx IsmaelChavesAguilar and martinl !!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 6 years ago

Wow I did not known about the Catsear

iGooism 6 years ago

Thx martinl :) I learned even more today!! those bods actually belongs to another plant. but as i recall from my trip, it dose have few flowers per stem. :)

MartinL 6 years ago

I suggest catsear because of the petiole structure in Pic 3 bearing several flower buds.
Dandelions have 1/ deeply lobed leaves with points 2/ smooth leaves. 3/ only one flower per stem.
Catsear has 1/ leaf lobes with rounded edges 2/ hairy leaves 3/ several flowers per stem.

iGooism 6 years ago

Oh never thought its Dandelion !! thx !!!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 6 years ago

Is a Dandelion flower(Taraxacum officinale)

Christchurch, New Zealand

Lat: -43.45, Long: 172.61

Spotted on Dec 25, 2011
Submitted on Dec 25, 2011

Spotted for mission


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Hypochaeris radicata Flatweed Catsear False Dandelion

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