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Kenton L. Chambers

Annual, perennial herb; sap milky. Stem: erect, 1–8 dm, simple or few-branched. Leaf: basal in rosette, oblanceolate, margin entire to pinnately lobed; cauline alternate, scale-like. Inflorescence: heads liguliflorous, 1–few, erect, terminal on stem, branches; involucre cylindric to bell-shaped in flower, elongating in fruit; phyllaries graduated in 4–5 series, reflexed when dry; receptacle flat to convex, paleate with thin membranous scales, glabrous. Flower: generally many; ligules yellow, often ± red abaxially, readily withering. Fruit: fusiform, ribbed, long-beaked, or outer cylindric, beakless; pappus of stiff, plumose bristles, or shorter outer bristles merely barbed, tawny or dull white.
± 60 species: Eurasia, northern Africa, South America. (Greek: less than joyous, from weedy habit) [Bogler 2006 FNANM 19:297–299]
Unabridged note: Etymology differs from that in FNANM, where the etymology on the Greek 'choeris' for pig; the correct spelling is 'chaeris' for joy.

Key to Hypochaeris

1. Annual, ± glabrous; ligules 5–8 mm, barely exceeding involucre; outer fruit cylindric, beakless, inner beaked ..... H. glabra

1' Perennial herb, rough-hairy; ligules 10–15 mm, much exceeding involucre; fruit all beaked ..... H. radicata


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