Interim profile, incomplete information
Taxonomic name: Hypochaeris radicata L.
Synonyms: Hypochaeris glabra auct. non L.
Common names: chicorée-pays (French), flatweed (English), gosmore (English), hairy cat's ear (English), porcelle enracinée (French)
Organism type: herb
Hypochaeris radicata is an herbaceous perennial from the Mediterranean region. It has been introduced to the Americas, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Hypochaeris radicata is found in disturbed areas, in pastures and meadows and beside roads and rivers. In the tropics, Hypochaeris radicata prefers higher altitudes. For example, in Hawaii it is found between 1100 and 2800m above sea level. It develops deep roots which are very attractive to wild pigs, who dig up large areas in search of the roots. It is regarded as one of the most invasive alien plants on the island of La Réunion.
agricultural areas, ruderal/disturbed
Native range:Mediterranean region.
Known introduced range: Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, La Réunion (PIER, 2007).
Compiled by: Comité français de l'UICN (IUCN French Committee) & IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG)
Last Modified: Monday, 16 August 2010