Hawk's-Beards, Hawkweeds and Hawkbits

I'm still finding IDs of these challenging so my first step is to document these prolific determined flowers. This page is for the, for me, challenging to identify, rather than the relatively easy to identify yellow flowered wildflowers / weeds (such as sow thistles, nipplewort, hedge mustard, wall lettuce, goat's-beard, etc etc which are on my Weed / Wildflower page). This page also allows me to put a larger number of photos, eg there are about 30+ of the beaked hawk's-beard from last year (2019) and quite a few Hawkweed Ox-tongue.

Beaked Hawk's-Beard (Crepis versicaria)

There was a magic time last year (Spring 2019) when a local park was subject to, what I like to call, "benign neglect" and there were lots and lots of rosettes and wildflowers - it was fantastic - and some were even left to flower. It didn't last long before the mowers and savage weeders came in and they were all removed but for the short time it lasted, it was magic! Some of the rosettes I was not able to observe before they were removed but a number of beaked hawk's-beard flowered and I was able to identify them.

These were the final flowers April 2019 (see below for the initial rosettes).

beaked hawks-beard crepis versicaria

beaked hawks-beard crepis versicaria

with a bee visiting

beaked hawks-beard crepis versicaria with bee

beaked hawks-beard crepis versicaria

close-up of one of the beaked hawk's-beard flowers

beaked hawks-beard flower close-up

I first noticed the beaked hawk's-beard plants as rosettes early March 2019

beaked hawks-beard rosette crepis versicaria

beaked hawks-beard crepis versicaria rosette

beaked hawks-beard crepis versicaria rosette

mid-March 2019, the rosettes now have buds

beaked hawks-beard rosette crepis versicaria

a close -up of those buds above

beaked hawks-beard crepis versicaria rosette with buds

beaked hawks-beard rosette crepis versicaria

close-up of the buds above

beaked hawks-beard crepis versicaria

beaked hawks-beard crepis versicaria

close-up of the buds above

beaked hawks-beard crepis versicaria

beaked hawks-beard crepis versicaria

beaked hawks-beard crepis versicaria

beaked hawks-beard crepis versicaria

by the second week of April the plants are taller with lots of buds

beaked hawks-beard crepis versicaria

beaked hawks-beard crepis versicaria

beaked hawks-beard crepis versicaria

beaked hawks-beard crepis versicaria

beaked hawks-beard crepis versicaria

beaked hawks-beard crepis versicaria

beaked hawks-beard crepis versicaria

beaked hawks-beard

beaked hawks-beard crepis versicaria

beaked hawks-beard crepis versicaria

 

beaked hawks-beard crepis versicaria

 

Hawkweed Ox-tongue (Picris hieracioides)

This first plant August 2017 in east London and been frustrated trying to find an ID but I think I've had a breakthrough: Hawkweed Ox-tongue which was first in the chicory family. (I even called this "yellow chicory" as I didn't know what it was and it looked so similar.)

common hawkweed

close-up of the flowers

common hawkweed

 

this hawkweed ox-tongue I saw locally

I've been watching this one for a long time as it's quite near me and easy to walk past and keep an eye on it. Full flowering after 3 months, 23-6-2018.

damn yellow composite

Beginning of June 2018, it has flowered and no one disturbed it. I'm wondering if it's the same as the "damn yellow composite" from August 2017 (above).

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damn yellow composite dyc

damn yellow composite dyc

close-up of a flower

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close-up of another flower

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close-up of the base

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this is the plant above a couple weeks before when the flowers were just opening

damn yellow composite

2 months before, 20-4-2018, very red at the base of and centre of the leaves

damn yellow composite

two weeks before that, 7-4-2018, initial rosette of red-centred toothed leaves

damn yellow composite

2 weeks before that 23-3-2018, the first time I noticed this plant

damn yellow composite

 

this hawkweed ox-tongue I saw near my local Sainsbury's

damn yellow composite

above, close-up of one of the flowers from the plant below

no initial rosette or it's withered by now (will move those leaves at the bottom and check), alternate stem leaves

damn yellow composite

this was the plant above a couple weeks before, quite hairy and strong centre red line on the opposite leaves

damn yellow composite

 

a couple hawkweed ox-tongue initial rosettes

damn yellow composite

 

I saw this yesterday (Sept 2nd) round the corner from me in a walled carpark which is a combination of planting and weeds in a protected environment.

autumn hawkbit

the grey wood is a picnic table which this plant had to grow above to get some sun

autumn hawkbit

a pot with those distinctive leaves

autumn hawkbit leaves

some in the ground as well

autumn hawkbit leaves

 

Cat's-Ear (Hypochaeris radicata)

initial toothed leaves rosette, no stem leaves

Damn Yellow Composite

 

UNKNOWNS

I'm not sure about this one

damn yellow composite

 

another example I'm not sure of

damn yellow composite

 

Unlike the others here this is rather small and delicate. (haven't researched it yet) I saw this at RSPB Fowlmere, end of Sept 2018.

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I haven't researched this yet, also saw it at Fowlmere.

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And another I'm putting here for documentation which I saw at Fowlmere. It looks similar to another I've seen, just need to find it.

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