Name: Common Cat's-Ear (Hypochaeris radicata)
Other names: catsear, flatweed, cat's-ear, hairy cat's ear, or false dandelion
Clades: Angiosperms, Eudicots, Asterids
Description: The leaves, which may grow up to eight inches (20 cm) tall, are lobed and covered in fine hairs, forming a low-lying rosette around a central taproot. Forked stems carry bright yellow flower heads, and when mature these form seeds attached to windborne "parachutes". All parts of the plant exude a milky sap when cut.
Distribution: The plant is native to Europe, but has also been introduced to the Americas, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand where it can be an invasive weed. It is listed as a noxious weed in Washington State, in the northwestern United States.
Toxicity: This species is suspected of causing stringhalt in horses if consumed in excess.
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