Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Picking apart yellow flowers

From Rose's The Wildflower Key - Autumn Hawkbit, Leontodon autumnalis

Asteraceae group A. Dandelion type Asteraceae - floret all strap type, yellow/orange, blue or purple, milky latex in stem

1. Flowers yellow/orange -> 4
4. Pappus on fruit -> 5
5. Pappus hairs feathery (inner hairs at least) -> 6
6. Stem leaves tiny/absent -> 7
7. No scales between florets -> L.autumnalis

Seems curious to key on fruit before scales (especially if no fruit?). Will append key from vegetative later for combined picture

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