Leontodon hispidus - Rough Hawkbit
Rough Hawkbit is rare in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, but can be locally abundant, especially in old pasture and churchyards within the Tamar valley, as in Sylvia's Meadow Reserve (SX47A, 1986, D.Glaves), Calstock churchyard (SX46J, 1997, M.Atkinson), an old meadow at Latchley (SX47B, 1997, M.Atkinson) and Werrington churchyard (SX38I, 1998, BSBI). Elsewhere it is restricted to grasslands affected by shell-rich (calcareous) sands, as at Lelant (SW53P, 1980s, K.Hearn), waste ground in St. Ives (SW54A, 1997, R.Fitzgerald), dunes near Cassock Hill (SW97I, 1993, M.Atkinson) and Crooklets near Bude (SS20D, 1994, M.Atkinson). It used to grow near Gear Sands, Perranporth (SW75S, 1975, L.J.Margetts). One recent record illustrates the difficulty in recording this hawkbit in Cornwall. It was recorded on a derelict land reclamation site at Wheal Seton (SW64K, 1995, C.N.French), an obvious introduction.
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French, C.N., Murphy, R.J. & Atkinson, M. 1999. Flora of Cornwall. Wheal Seton Press, Camborne.