An early afternoon visit to Mill Hill the occasional yellow Hawkweed-type flowers were examined for their leaves and on the open bank (lower slopes) amongst the abundant Horseshoe Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa, the species Rough Hawkbit Leontodon hispidus was identified, and next to the path at the northern end before it entered the scrub, Mouse-eared Hawkweed was located.
Mill Hill Lower Slopes
A few Hawkbits* were in flower and these had dandelion-type leaves (but not the bracts of dandelions) and I will have to discover what species these are?
(* Possibilities: Rough Hawkbit Leontodon hispidus, or Lesser Hawkbit, Leontodon saxatilis).
My investigation to check the yellow plants revealed them to be one of the Hawkweeds, Hieracium. These plants are all over the place on wasteland, by the edges of paths. This photograph was taken on the Widewater margins.
There are many different species of Hawkweeds but it it is not practical for anybody but a specialist to tell them apart. The leaves of the different yellow-flowered daisies are described in the Reader's Digest Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of Britain on pages 360 & 361.
Plant Atlas lists Hieracium
perpropinquum as the most frequent true
But there are many others including garden escapes and the maps do not
seem to be complete.
|This Hawkweed was single flowering on the edge of the path in the Hawthorn copse bit a few metres to the north of where the lower slopes turn into dense scrubland. Several shoots grew out from the rosette of smooth (not hairy or serrated) leaves. These are always difficult to identify.|
I will need a special key to sort out the Dandelions, Hawkweeds, Hawkbits, Sow Thistles etc. .
From Slonk Hill
The Mouse-eared Hawkweed is found on Mill Hill
Study in Yellow (Mill Hill)