Source: California Invasive Plant Council


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Hypochaeris glabra (smooth catsear)

Hypochaeris glabra
Hypochaeris glabra
Photo courtesy Joseph DiTomaso

Hypochaeris glabra (smooth catsear) is an annual flowering herb (family Asteraceae) found throughout California, except in the Great Basin and desert. Smooth catsear prefers disturbed places, such as roadsides, orchards and landscaped areas, as well as grasslands, woodland and scrub. It is commonly found in overgrazed rangeland. The yellow flowers of smooth catsear look similar to dandelion flowers, and produce seeds that are dispersed by the wind, soil movement, and by clinging to animals and humans. Cultivation can be used to control smooth catsear, but grazing, mowing or burning can encourage growth and seed germination. Although smooth catsear is widespread, its impacts appear to be relatively minor.

Cal-IPC Inventory rating: Limited

Cal-IPC Resources on Hypochaeris glabra

Cal-IPC News Articles

  • Quinn, L., B. Davis, et al. (2006). Does horse manure harbor invasive plants? Cal-IPC Symposium, Rohnert Park, CA, California Invasive Plant Council.

Cal-IPC Symposium Proceedings

  • Bauder, E. T. (1996). Exotics in the southern California bernal pool ecosystem. California Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium '96. San Diego, CA.
  • McGraw, J. (2002). Management of rare native species amidst exotic plant competition: Insights from Santa Cruz County’s endemic sandhills community. California Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium 2002. Sacramento, CA.
  • Quinn, L., B. Davis, et al. (2006). Does horse manure harbor invasive plants? Cal-IPC Symposium. Rohnert Park, CA.

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