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Genus: Hypochaeris

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid II > Order: Asterales > Family: Asteraceae > Tribe: Lactuceae

About 50 species, native to Europe, Asia, North Africa and South America. Four species have been introduced and have become established in southern Africa.  

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa - an online checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Hypochaeris brasiliensis  
Hypochaeris glabra  
Hypochaeris microcephala  

Hypochaeris radicata (Hairy Wild Lettuce, Spotted Cat's Ear)

Harige Skaapslaai, Katoor [Afrikaans]; umkhothane [Xhosa]

See KwaZulu-Natal wild flowers by Elsa Pooley p. 338; Wild Flowers of the Highveld by Braam van Wyk and Sasa Malan p. 118. and Flora of Zimbabwe.


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