Crepis capillaris (L.) Wallr.  
Family: Asteraceae
hawk's-beard, smooth hawk's-beard
[Lapsana capillaris L.]
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Etymology: Crepis: from the Greek krepis, "a sandal" or "slipper;" maybe because of the shape of the seed, a name used by Theophrastus
Plants: annual/biennial forb with milky juice
Flowers: inflorescence of only ray flowers
Conservation Status: Introduced - adventive
Our plants small ( ca. 15 cm tall), resembling C. tectorum, but ligules minutely tipped with red, and inner surface of inner series of bracts glabrous; generally more pubescent than C. tectorum, in more robust specimens the peduncles noticeably enlarged (fistulose). 2n=6 (Babcock 1947).

Johnson, M.E. and H.H. Iltis. 1963. Preliminary reports on the flora of Wisconsin: No. 48. Compositae Family. Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. 52:255-342.

Native of Central Europe, naturalized along the U.S. West Coast, a rare adventive in Wisconsin, collected eight times, the first two were: (1) Dane Co. : Madison, University Farms, July 11, 1916, [y.fr] Denniston s.n., (WIS). (2) Fond du Lac Co.: Single plant, yard at 722 Woodside Ave., Ripon; "probably an impurity in grass seed sown June, 1950." Oct. 3, 1951 [f l] Cors. s.n. (WIS). A specimen from Illinois was also thought to be introduced as an impurity in grass seed (cf. Jones and Fuller 1955: 486).

Johnson, M.E. and H.H. Iltis. 1963. Preliminary reports on the flora of Wisconsin: No. 48. Compositae Family. Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. 52:255-342.

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