SMOOTH HAWK'S-BEARD

Crepis capillaris

Daisy & Dandelion Family [Asteraceae]

Flowers:
month8jun month8june month8jul month8july month8aug month8sep month8sept month8oct month8nov month8dec

Pappus: pappusZpossible (off-white)
pappus8jul pappus8july pappus8aug pappus8sep pappus8sept pappus8oct pappus8nov pappus8dec

status
statusZnative
flower
flower8yellow
inner
inner8red
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZMany
stem
stem8round
stem
stem8ribbed

12th July 2014, Wigg Island, Runcorn, Cheshire. Photo: © RWD
The commonest Hawksbeard but rather variable, erect or sprawling, sticky hairy or not, annual or biennial, short or medium (to 75cm). On a path through a wood.


9th Aug 2014, dunes, Hightown, Sefton Coast, Merseyside. Photo: © RWD
Grows equally well in very sandy soil.


9th Aug 2014, dunes, Hightown, Sefton Coast, Merseyside. Photo: © RWD
Leaves mostly basal.


12th July 2014, Wigg Island, Runcorn, Cheshire. Photo: © RWD
The sepals still have several bracts at the base, but they are thinner than those of Beaked Hawk's-beard. The rear of the outer ray florets also exhibit variability: they can be yellow with a paler yellow stripe (as here) or with an orange stripe.


9th Aug 2014, dunes, Hightown, Sefton Coast, Merseyside. Photo: © RWD
The rear of the outer ray florets may or may not have a red stripe. This one has.


9th Aug 2014, dunes, Hightown, Sefton Coast, Merseyside. Photo: © RWD
Ray florets yellow.


12th July 2014, Wigg Island, Runcorn, Cheshire. Photo: © RWD
Leaves are mostly basal, those few that are on the stem are auriculate (clasp the stem and with an auricle each side of the stem), usually shiny and toothed or not.


12th July 2014, Wigg Island, Runcorn, Cheshire. Photo: © RWD
An auricle each side of the stem where the leaf attaches.


12th July 2014, Wigg Island, Runcorn, Cheshire. Photo: © RWD
This leaf has pointed teeth with long gap between them, but the teeth are very variable. Stem slightly ribbed on this specimen.


Not to be confused with : Goatsbeard (Tragopogon pratensis) [another Daisy and Dandelion Family plant with similar name]. Easily mistaken for : Beaked Hawk's-beard (Crepis vesicaria). The seeds of Smooth Hawk's-beard, at 1.4 - 2.5mm, are much shorter than either of the Beaked Hawk's-beard and moreover are not beaked (lack a pedestal). The leaves of Smooth Hawk's-beard are similar to those of Beaked Hawk's-beard - that is sharply and deeply lobed but may instead be sub-entire (only slightly lobed) and moreover they lack the auricles (do not clasp the stem).

Smooth Hawk's-beard is native and grows on waste or ground and grassy places. and is common throughout the UK.


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Distribution
 family8Daisy & Dandelion family8Asteraceae

 BSBI maps
genus8Crepis
Crepis
(Hawk's-Beards)

SMOOTH HAWK'S-BEARD

Crepis capillaris

Daisy & Dandelion Family [Asteraceae]