Sep. 21, 2018

King Devil, Hieracium piloselloides

Oops! When it was time to slit these ray flowers along the top, and lay them out flat like others, there was a slip up. That last step in forming ray flowers in plants of the aster family is an occasional oops. In this King Devil, I've seen it happen more than in other species. Looking closely here, some are slit more than others. The pistils seem to be long enough to reach the openings, so everything still works. It does add interest among the otherwise somewhat boring hawkweeds. But that's not all good in this invasive weed that has so far been recorded from CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD,ME, MI, MN, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, BC, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, and QC. Lenawee Co MI, 6/15/11.