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Hieracium caespitosum
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Cichorioideae
Tribe: Cichorieae
Subtribe: Hieraciinae
Genus: Hieracium
  • Chlorocrepis
  • Crepidopsis Arv.-Touv.
  • Pilosella Vaill.

Hieracium is the hawkweed. This genus of sunflowers has a huge number of species – over ten thousand species and subspecies.

Some experts split it up into two genera: what is here treated as the single genus Hieracium is treated by some European experts as two genera, Hieracium and Pilosella.

Like all members of the family, hawkweeds have tightly packed flowerheads made of many small flowers. They reproduce asexually by seeds which are genetically identical to those of the mother plant.

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