Common name: Smooth Hawksbeard
Crepis capillaris (L.) Wallr. APNI*
Synonyms: Crepis virens L. APNI*
Description: Annual or short-lived perennial herb to 75 cm; stems sparsely branched, hairs crinkly.
Basal leaves forming a rosette, oblanceolate to lanceolate in outline, 10–25 cm long, 1–5 cm wide, apex ± acute, margins toothed to runcinate-pinnatifid, glabrous or ± hairy; cauline leaves smaller, mostly narrow-lanceolate, stem-clasping with acuminate auricles.
Heads campanulate, 5–6 mm diam., numerous, on slender peduncles, in loose corymbose panicles; involucral bracts lanceolate, with sparse to dense white non-glandular and dark glandular hairs. Corolla yellow, often with pink or red stipe on outer face of ligule.
Achenes c. 2 mm long, fusiform, smooth or ± scabrid, beak absent; pappus 2 rows of simple white hairs, c. 8 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Weed of roadsides and disturbed areas, from Elands to Guthega area. Native of Eur.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *NWP
Other Australian states: *Tas.
Text by L. Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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