This section is from the book "British Wild Flowers - In Their Natural Haunts Vol5-6", by A. R. Horwood. Also available from Amazon: A British Wild Flowers In Their Natural Haunts.
The habitat of this plant is rocky places on the margins of streams and woody ravines. The stem is leafy, erect, stiffly hairy below, hairy above. The leaves are numerous, all clasping, net-veined, bluish-green below, hairy both sides, the lowest narrowed into the winged auricled leaf-stalks, the intermediate pinched above their base, the uppermost heart-shaped to lance-shaped, bract-like above, the lowest entire, the upper finely toothed, nearly smooth or stiffly hairy, fringed with hairs. The panicle is in a sort of raceme. The branches are long, erect to spreading, ascending, racemose to corymbose. The flower-stalks are woolly-felted, glandular. The heads are numerous, small, nearly cylindric. The outer phyllaries are short, narrow, the 2 inner narrow to lance-shaped, blunt, woolly-felted, hairy, glandular. The ligules are stiffly hairy, fringed with hairs. The styles are dark-livid or brown. The achenes are bright reddish-brown. The margins of the receptacle pits are raised, cut, toothed. The plant is 1-3 ft. hig-h, flowering from July to September, and is a herbaceous perennial.
The habitat of this plant is mountain glens and rocky places by the banks of streams and ravines in mountainous districts. The stem is leafy, rigid, green, stiffly hairy below. The leaves are dull deep-green, the lower inversely lance-shaped, narrowed into the winged leaf-stalk, the middle oblong to lance-shaped, narrowed below, auricled, clasping, finely toothed, nearly entire, the upper rounded below, half-clasping, all nearly hairless or stiffly hairy, paler, glossy, net-veined below. The panicle is rigid, the branches and stalks straight, nearly erect, long, the stalks little thickened above. The heads are few, large, broad, nearly cylindric in bud, blunt below. The phyllaries are broad, blunt, the outermost narrow, the intermediate triangular, long-, the inner lance-shaped to linear, stiffly hairy, woolly - felted and glandular. The tips of the ligules are fringed with hairs. The marg-ins of the receptacle pits are cut, toothed, irregularly lobed. The achenes are chestnut. The plant is 1-3 ft. high, flowering in July and Aug-ust, and is a herbaceous perennial.
The habitat of this plant is mountainous districts, stream-sides. The stem is rigid, very leafy, reddish-purple, woolly-felted above. The leaves are numerous, bluish-green, netted below, the lower inversely lance-shaped, with shortly-winged leaf-stalks, the middle narrow, egg-shaped to oblong, lance-shaped, with a long, narrow point, clasping, all toothed, with the margins fringed with hairs, nearly hairless. The panicle is a broad, compound, leafy corymb. The flower-stalks are woolly-felted, with bracteoles. The heads are large, narrow, egg-shaped below. The outer phyllaries are narrow, loose, the inner linear to lance-shaped, blunt, glandular, with pale borders. The styles are livid. The pappus is reddish. The plant is 2-4 ft. high, flowering from July to September, and is a herbaceous perennial.
Hieracium auratum, Fr - The habitat of this plant is mountainous districts. The stem is erect, rigid, leafy, branched, reddish, woolly-felted, and stiffly hairy. The leaves are brownish-green above, bluish-green below, the lower egg-shaped to lance-shaped, oblong, narrow below, toothed, the upper more egg-shaped, the base rounded, half-clasping, net-veined, woolly-felted above, stiffly hairy below. The panicle is leafy, in a sort of corymb, with 2-3 lower erect to spreading branches, the upper close, ascending. The flower-stalks have bracteoles above, woolly-felted. The heads are few or numerous, medium to large, egg-shaped below. The phyllaries are dark-green, lance-shaped to linear, blunt, the inner pale-bordered above, blunt, woolly-felted, glandular, hair)-. The styles are yellow. The margins of the receptacle pits are toothed. The plant is 2-3 ft. high, flowering from July to September, and is a herbaceous perennial.