LONG-BEARDED HAWKWEED
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Hieracium longipilum  Torr.
Russell County, Kansas
Perennial
Height: 2-6 feet
Family: Asteraceae - Sunflower Family
Flowering Period:   July, August, September
Stems: Erect, stout, densely covered with brownish, bristly hairs 1/2 to 1 inch long, more so toward base of stem.
Leaves: Mostly basal, often crowded, simple, oblanceolate to spatulate, 4 to 12 inches long, to 1.5 inch wide, densely long-hairy; margins entire; stem leaves gradually reduced, those on upper 1/2 of stem bract-like.
Inflorescences: Weakly raceme-like clusters of few heads, elongate, terminal, on short, hairy stalks; heads about 3/4 inch wide; bracts linear-lanceolate, in single series; tips pointed, with conspicuous, black, glandular hairs.
Flowers: Ray-like florets 40-90, yellow.
Fruits: Achenes, tapered towards summit, tipped with few brown bristles about equal in length, enclosing small seed.
Habitat: Dry, upland prairies, open woods and open sandy sites.
Distribution: East 1/2 of Kansas.
Uses: In ancient and medieval times, hawkweed was used medicinally to treat indigestion, burns, and snakebites.
Comments: The common name comes from an ancient belief that hawks consumed plants of this genus to enhance their eyesight.

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Long-bearded hawkweed inflorescence
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Long-bearded hawkweed hairs
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Long-bearded hawkweed leaves
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