Hawk Weed
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Hawk Weed
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Hawk Weed • Nepali: बन दुधे Ban Dudhe
Botanical name: Picris hieracioides    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Picris hieracioides subsp. hieracioides, Picris hieracioides f. hieracioides

Hawk Weed is an annual to perennial herb, 7-140 cm tall, with sparse to dense simple and 2-fid hooked hairs, stems few-branched. Leaves are few, stalked below, stalkless above, linear to narrow-ovate or inverted-lanceshaped, up to 40 cm long, 3.5 cm wide, blunt to pointed, entire to toothed. Flower-stalks have up to 6 bracts below the head. Flower-heads are 3-10 mm diameter, yellow, in loose terminal corymbs, involucral bracts with lines of simple and 2-fid hooked hairs, ligules 7-19 mm long, ligules 7-19 mm long. Seed to 11mm has a beak 2-7mm long.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal, Edgar Heim Photographed in Sirmaur Distt, Himachal Pradesh.

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