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Smooth Hawksbeard

Crepis capillaris

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Asterales
Family:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Type:
Flower
Maximum Size:
75 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Grassland, meadows, roadsides, rocks, walls, wasteland.

Flower:
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Yellow, many petals
 
Species of Hawksbeard are distinguishable by the two rows of bracts on their flowerheads. Smooth Hawksbeard is the commonest Hawksbeard in the UK. Its bright yellow dandelion-like flowers are often reddish on the undersides of its florets. The flowers are smaller than those of other Hawksbeard species, up to 15mm across.
Fruit:
Dandelion-like seeds (pappuses).
Leaves:
A small and slender annual flower with numerous shiny basal leaves which are pinnately lobed. The only hairless Hawksbeard, hence the flowers name.
Frequency (UK):
Common  
Distribution Map

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