*Leontodon taraxacoides

Family Asteraceae

Lesser Hawkbit

Short-lived perennial her to 40 cm high, with radical leaves. Longevity less than 2 years.

Flowers: Yellow, October - April.

Fruit: Achene 5 mm long with pappus of plumose bristles, October - April.

Seed: Wind dispersed.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Native of Europe.
  • Weed of grasslands and disturbed sites in full sun.
  • Occasional along roadsides at the Australian Botanic Garden.

Asterisk * indicates exotic species naturalised at the Australian Botanic Garden.


Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Leontodon taraxicoides plant

Leontodon taraxicoides flower 

Leontodon taraxicoides fruit