Autumn Hawkbit is a hairless perennial which is usually found on dry grassland and acid soil. Reaching about 25 cm high, it bears bright golden-yellow flower-heads (15 – 30 across) on branched stems, the back of the outer strap-shaped ray-florets being streaked reddish. Below these Dandelion-like flower-heads, there is a tapering involucre or ring of overlapping bracts. Along the stems are small, scale-like bracts. There is a basal rosette of oblong leaves which are deeply pinnate with narrow wavy lobes. Flowering from July to October, this is a native plant which belongs to the Asteraceae family.
I first recorded this plant on a field-trip in 2010 with the BSBI Vice-County Recorder, Paul Green, who identified it for me. I photographed it at that time.
If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre