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Identification: Weed Photo Gallery

Spotted catsear

Scientific name: Hypochaeris radicata (Family Asteraceae)

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Life stages of Spotted catsear Image
Spotted catsear, a perennial, has a thick, fleshy taproot and is normally found as a rosette in turf. Leaves are lobed or sawtoothed with coarse yellow hairs on the upper and lower surfaces. Flowers are yellow and resemble small dandelions. Several may be found on a single stem. Spotted catsear is normally found in the coastal region of California but may occasionally be found inland.

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More information

Text modified from Elmore, C.L., W.B. McHenry, and D.W. Cudney. 1989. Weed control in large turf areas. Chapter 3 in Turfgrass Pests. UC ANR Publication 4053.

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