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UK Nature  > Wild Flowers  > Yellow Wild Flowers  > Smooth Hawksbeard

  • Close up of flower
  • Stem leaves, which differ from the basal leaves

Scientific Name:   Crepis capillaris
Common Name:   Smooth Hawksbeard

Crepis capillaris, more commonly known as Smooth Hawksbeard, is an annual, medium to tall hairless or slightly hairy plant. Stems slender branched at base or above. Leaves shiny, the basal numerous, lanceolate to pinnately lobed. Stem leaves smaller and clasping the stem with pointed lobes. Flowerheads yellow, often reddish beneath 10 to 15 mm in lax clusters. Pappus soft white.

Hawksbeards can be distinguished from Hawkweeds by having two rows of bracts on each flower head - one tall and erect, the other much shorter and often spreading. Smooth Hawksbeard is the only one of the group that is hairless. Found in grassland, roadsides and waste places, during June to November. Common throughout Britain.
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