Meadow hawkweed (yellow hawkweed, field hawkweed, king devil, yellow paintbrush)
Flowers and flower-heads. Hieracium or hawkweeds, like others in the Asteraceae family, have mostly yellow, tightly packed flower-heads of numerous small flowers but, unlike daisies and sunflowers in the same family, they have not two kinds of florets but only strap-shaped (spatulate) florets, each one of which is a complete flower in itself, not lacking stamens, and joined to the stem by leafy bracts. As in other members of the tribe Cichorieae, each ray corolla is tipped by 3 to 5 teeth.
Bracts, stems and leaves. Erect single, glabrous or hairy stems, sometimes branched away from the point of attachment, sometimes branched throughout.
The hairiness of hawkweeds can be very complex: from surfaces with scattered to crowded, tapered, whiplike, straight or curly, smooth to setae; "stellate-pubescent" or surfaces with scattered to crowded, dendritically branched (often called, but seldom truly, "stellate") hairs; and "stipitate-glandular" or surfaces with scattered to crowded gland-tipped hairs mostly. Surfaces of stems, leaves, peduncles, and phyllaries may be glabrous or may bear one, two, or all three of the types of hairs mentioned above.
Like the other members of the Chicory tribe, hawkweeds contain a milky latex.