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Hypochaeris glabra  L.
Smooth cat's ear
Hypochaeris glabra is an annual herb that is not native to California.
Cal-IPC rating: limited
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Genus: Hypochaeris
Family: Asteraceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Habitat: disturbed

Communities: weed, characteristic of disturbed places

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
JM93Hypochoeris glabra
Information about  Hypochaeris glabra from other sources

[Cal-IPC] Invasive: Hypochaeris glabra (smooth cat?s-ear) is an annual flowering herb (family Asteraceae) found throughout California, except in the Great Basin and desert. Smooth cat?s-ear prefers disturbed places, such as roadsides, orchards and landscaped areas, as well as grasslands, woodland and scrub. It is commonly found in overgrazed rangeland. The yellow flowers of smooth cat?s-ear look similar to dandelion flowers, and produce seeds that are dispersed by the wind, soil movement, and by clinging to animals and humans. Cultivation can be used to control smooth cat?s-ear, but grazing, mowing or burning can encourage growth and seed germination. Although smooth cat?s-ear is widespread, its impacts appear to be relatively minor. Cal-IPC Rating Limited (link added by Mary Ann Machi)

[Wikipedia] Europe, North Africa, Middle East native: Hypochaeris glabra is a species of flowering plant in the tribe Cichorieae within the family Asteraceae known by the common name smooth cat's ear. It is native to Europe,[2] North Africa, and the Middle East but it can be found on other continents where it is an introduced species and a widespread weed. It has become widespread in Africa, southern and southeastern Asia, Australia, and parts of the Americas (especially California) (link added by Mary Ann Machi)

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 07/17/2024).