Hieracium pannosum Boiss
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Hawkweed refers to any species in the very large genus Hieracium of the sunflower family (Asteraceae)
They are common perennials, occurring worldwide in temperate regions, except in Australasia. They are usually small and weedy. Only a few are ornamentals. Most are considered to be troublesome weeds.
They feature clusters of yellow, orange or red flower heads, similar to dandelions, atop a long, fuzzy stalk. Some species growing to three feet (one meter).
Hawkweed is a slang name taken from folklore which says that hawks would chew on the plant to improve their eyesight.
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Plant in Armenia
Ճուռակախոտ փրչոտ (“Churakakhot prchot”)
Very rare species. Met in Armenia since 1950’s.
Habitat in Armenia
Grows in the floristic regions of Shirak and Dareleghis.
Habitat and ecology
Grows in dry rocky hill slopes.
Biology and potential value
Has huge scientific value.
Measures of protection
Searches for the new populations should be conducted. Newly found species should be protected.