Need wildflower ID help

Scott Ranger ranger at america.net
Wed Jul 19 07:25:51 EST 1995


What you are describing sound very much like one of the hawkweeds in the 
huge genus Hieracium.  Gray's manual lists 19 species for its territory 
and is the source of one of my favorite stories from a technical flora:

"The genus, espeically in Europe, broken by technical specialists, with 
eyesight stimulated beyond that of the ancient hawks, into thousands of 
so-called species, subspecies, varieteis and forms, largely on degree and 
character of pubsescence.  These apomicts will be found unlucidly 
elaborated beyond practical utility in the 1700 pages of Zahn (in Engler, 
Das Pflanzenriche iv). who in our no. 1 alone recognizes but does not 
define 624 "subspecies."  Until a rational presentation of European 
speiceis is available the identification of our adventives from Europe 
must be tentative."  Gray's Manual, 8th ed. p. 1562.

If you've got a field guide, look for hawkweeds or the genus Hieracium.  
Take a careful look at orange hawkweed (Devil's paintbrush)- H. 
auranticum.  I fear that is what you've found.  Many consider this 
European species to be a troublesome weed that can take over fields and 
patures.  But it has a pretty flower!




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