Buckingham Cutting (south) was covered in Hawkbit leaves. Hairy and not red underneath, I thought the flowers were Rough Hawkbit despite being late in the season. To make identification even more tricky the grass verge at the top of The Drive also included Lesser Hawkbit. There did not seem to be any Autumnal Hawkbit.
Gordon Road verges, Shoreham
The first appearance of Lesser Hawkbit, Leontodon taraxacoides, this year, was most noted in chalky gardens at the top of The Drive, north Shoreham.
1 May 2011
Hawkbits were very common on the lower slopes of Mill Hill, and these are both the Lesser Hawkbit noted for the first time this year, and also Rough Hawkbit also noted for the first time. The Rough Hawkbits tended to be larger and not so many of these.
Autumnal Hawkbit on the lower slopes of Mill Hill.The leaf shape denotes a Hawkbit and the species is assumed from the time of the year.
This assumption is wrong and this looks like Rough Hawkbit.
2 July 2007
Hawkbits and Mouse-eared Hawkweeds were in flower on the southern and northern banks of the Slonk Hill Cutting respectively. This Cutting may have been seeded with wild flowers whereas the lower slopes of Mill Hill are wild, so the plants may be of a different genetic stick, even if they are the same species.
A few Rough Hawkbits* were in flower on the lower slopes of Mill Hill and these had dandelion-type leaves (but not the outer bracts of Dandelions) and I will have to discover what species these are?
(* Possibilities: Rough Hawkbit Leontodon hispidus, or Lesser Hawkbit Leontodon saxatilis).
stem is smooth (not hairy as in the photograph below) on the Lesser