Scorzoneroides autumnalis

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Scorzoneroides autumnalis
Leontodon autumnalis detail.jpeg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Scorzoneroides
Species: S. autumnalis
Binomial name
Scorzoneroides autumnalis

Leontodon autumnalis L.[1]

Scorzoneroides autumnalis, commonly called autumn hawkbit,[2] is a perennial plant species, widespread in its native range in Eurasia (from Europe east to western Siberia),[3] and introduced in North America.[4]

The plant is sometimes called fall dandelion, because it is very similar to the common dandelion (one of the main differences being a branched stem with several capitula[5]), but "yellow fields", covered by this plant appear much later than dandelions, towards the autumn in the Eastern Europe. In the Latin synonym of the plant name, Leontodon autumnalis,[6]"leontodon" means "lion's tooth", the same as "dandelion".


Scorzoneroides autumnalis is a perennial herb growing to 35 cm high usually with branched stems and several flower-heads each about 30 mm across. The florets are all ligulate and bright yellow. The leaves are all basal and linear-oblong.[6]


Flowers in June to October producing achenes.[6]


Frequent in damp grassland[6] and meadows.[7]


The fly Tephritis leontodontis is known to attack the capitula of this plant.[8]


Abundant in Ireland and Great Britain.[7]


  1. ^ Werner Greuter, Walter Gutermann & Salvador Talavera (2006). "A preliminary conspectus of Scorzoneroides (Compositae, Cichorieae) with validation of the required new names" (PDF). Willdenowia. 36 (2): 689–692. doi:10.3372/wi.36.36204. ISSN 0511-9618. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-06. 
  2. ^ "Scorzoneroides autumnalis". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 10 January 2018. 
  3. ^ Rosabelle Samuel, Walter Gutermann, Tod F. Stuessy, Claudete F. Ruas, Hans-Walter Lack, Karin Tremetsberger, Salvador Talavera, Barbara Hermanowski & Friedrich Ehrendorfer (2006). "Molecular phylogenetics reveals Leontodon (Asteraceae, Lactuceae) to be diphyletic". American Journal of Botany. 93 (8): 1193–1205. doi:10.3732/ajb.93.8.1193. PMID 21642184. 
  4. ^ 1. Leontodon autumnalis Linnaeus, Flora of North America, accessed March 1, 2010
  5. ^ Autumn Hawkbit
  6. ^ a b c d Parnell, J. and Curtis, T, 2012 Webb's An Irish Flora. Cork University Press.ISBN 978-185918-4783
  7. ^ a b Clapham, A.R., Tutin, T.G. 1968 Excursion Flora of the British Isles. Cambridge University Press {{|isbn 0-521-04656-4}}
  8. ^ Ian M. White (1988). Tephritid Flies (Diptera: Tephritidea). Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects. 10/5a. Royal Entomological Society of London. pp. 1–134. ISBN 978-0-901546-68-5. 

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