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Wild Flowers of Sleepy Hollow Lake
- Few-leaved Hawkweed (Hieracium murorum) -
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wfshl-hawkweed-mur1.jpg (72108 bytes)(Few-leaved Hawkweed - 1)  There are about fifty species of hawkweed in the United States. The few-leaved hawkweed is one of these.  Some are native and others were naturalized from Europe.  We were not able to find out whether the few-leaved hawkweed was native or European in origin.



wfshl-hawkweed-mur1a.jpg (67094 bytes)(Few-leaved Hawkweed - 1a)  At first glance, the few-leaved hawkweed bloom and basal rosette leaves look like those of a dandelion.  The branching stem with a single composite flower at the end of each branch points to our recognizing this wildflower as a hawkweed.




wfshl-hawkweed-mur5.jpg (38607 bytes)(Few-leaved Hawkweed - 5)  This is a close up view of the dandelion-like basal rosette leaves of the few-leaved hawkweed.




wfshl-hawkweed-mur2.jpg (49348 bytes)(Few-leaved Hawkweed - 2)  Hawkweed are members of the Composite family, meaning that what appears to be a single flower with many petals is really a composite of many individual flowers.  The saw-toothed ends of the ray flowers are a characteristic of the Hawkweed.  The bloom of the few-leaved hawkweed has a very compact cyme or bloom.



wfshl-hawkweed-mur3.jpg (31869 bytes)(Few-leaved Hawkweed - 3)  Few-leaved hawkweed, as well as the other hawkweeds, have been used in herbal medicine for the treatment of inflammations and digestive problems.  Perhaps the three visiting insects are there to partake of some of its healing properties!  Can you spot them?  For comparison in size, the few-leaved hawkweed bloom is only about 3/4 inch across.


wfshl-hawkweed-mur3a.jpg (17629 bytes)(Few-leaved Hawkweed - 3a)  This is one of the insects (unidentified) that is visiting this few-leaved hawkweed (previous photo at 5:30).   Another insect is located near the end of a ray flower at 8:00 and the third is located (partially hidden) midway between the center and the outer edge at 11:00.


wfshl-hawkweed-mur4.jpg (31363 bytes)(Few-leaved Hawkweed - 4)  This enlarged photo of the few-leaved hawkweed gives us a "bee's eye" view of some of the ray flowers.






wfshl-hawkweed-mur4a.jpg (17009 bytes)(Few-leaved Hawkweed - 4a)  Because of its unusual and out of context characteristics, this is one of those photos you want to label, "What is it?"  In reality it is the bright center of the few-leafed hawkweed: another creative wonder of the Lord our God.



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