Hawkweed - Yellow Wildflowers
These tiny little pretty yellow wildflowers seen all over The Western Isles - and indeed Scotland and the UK - look similar to a dandelion.
Hawkweed - Genus of the Sunflower
The hawkweed is a genus of the sunflower and also closely related to the dandelion
There are about 300 different species of the flower - some being orange - or red. Many consider it as a weed - but it is too beautiful to be a weed
Many Species of Hawkweeds
There are many species probably around 300 of the hawkweeds growing in tHe Western Isles and throughout Scotland and the Uk and as they are so similar they are extremely difficult to identify (which is why as a novice - I have left this to the experts).
The reason there are so many species is due to the fact that the plant can produce seeds without fertilisation and so plants in one area are very similar but with distinct - though sometimes very subtle differences from plants in another area
Yellow Flowers - Similar to Dandelion
These lovely yellow wildflowers which many consider are weeds are very beautiful - especially when seen in some of their habitats in The Western Isles - like the one pictured above - high up right in a rock crevice.
Name Derived from the Bird Hawk
The plant's scientific name comes from the Greek name for hawk - hierax. It was thought that the hawks ate the plant and this is why the hawk has such good eyesight
Seeds are purplish-black and ribbed with a bristly tuft up to 6 mm long.
There are many subspecies of Hawkweeds growing in The Western Isles and they are difficult wildflowers to name.
The Hawkweed sets seed without pollination and therefore retain their own characteristics but even so, given that there are dozens of them, identification is a hard job, perhaps best left to the experts.
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