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Plant Form: Low-growing perennial rosette herb.
Size: Up to 40cm tall.
Stem: Very short, exudes a milky sap when broken, flower stalks hairy and about 35 cm long.
Leaves: In tufts at base, about 15 cm long, slightly spear shaped, covered in fine hairs.
Flowers: Densely clustered at end of stalk 15-30 mm diameter with rows of very bright orange or reddish florets, with green bracts.
Fruit and Seeds: Narrow L-shaped about 2 mm long with parachuting hairs, in dandelion-like ball.
Habitat: Alpine grasslands, woodlands, open heathlands.
Distinguishing Features: Bright orange or reddish flower colour is distinctive from other Hawkweeds (Pilosella species) and Flatweeds (Hypochaeris species).