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Hieracium gronovii  L.
Cherokee County, Kansas
Height: 1-4 feet
Family: Asteraceae - Sunflower Family
Flowering Period:   July, August, September,October
Also Called: Queen devil, beaked hawkweed.
Stems: Erect, mostly solitary, sap milky; upper stem nearly naked; lower stem moderately to densely pubescent; hairs spreading, pale orange or brown.
Leaves: Mostly basal, sessile to short-stalked, oblanceolate to obovate or elliptic, .8 to 4+ inches long, .4 to 1.6 inches wide; surfaces hairy; margins entire; tip rounded to pointed; base wedge-shaped to rounded.
Inflorescences: Panicle-like array, elongate, open-cylindrical, 5-50-flowered, glandular-pubescent, terminal.
Flowers: Involucre 1/4 to 2/5 inch tall; involucral bracts 12-15+, narrowly oblong-lanceolate, pubescent; tips rounded to pointed; ray florets 12-30+; ligules about 1/3 inch long, yellow; disk florets absent.
Fruits: Achenes, cylindrical, 1/12 to 1/6 inch long, somewhat narrowed near apex, enclosing small seed, tipped with bristles in 2 series; bristles1/6 to 1/5 inch long, pale yellow to orangish-brown.
Habitat: Open woods, disturbed sites, roadsides, pastures, old fields, ledges; dry sandy or rocky soils.
Distribution: East 1/3 of Kansas
Origin: Native
Comments: The common name hawkweed alludes to the ancient Greek belief that hawks would improve their eyesight by eating the plant. Named for Dutch botanist Jan Frederik Gronovius, 1686-1762.

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