Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Smooth Hawksbeard - Crepis capillaris   (L.) Wallroth
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Author(L.) Wallroth
DistributionAlmost exclusively in the Mountains; also Orange County in the Piedmont. First collected in 1912 in Orange County from "sown grass in front of library", UNC Chapel Hill; next in 1948-49 in Ashe County. Specimens from Greene and Wake counties are misidentified.

Native of Europe; in N.A. -- N.S. to Ont. and WI, south to NC, MS, and AR; also TX and some states westward.
AbundanceFairly common to locally common in the Mountains; rare in the Piedmont and the southwestern Mountains.
HabitatRoadsides, pastures, fields, campus weed, yard weed, gravel bar of river, pond margin.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-November.
IdentificationSmooth Hawksbeard grows 1-2 feet tall (or more) and has leaves reminiscent of Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), but smaller. The flower heads also recall Dandelion, but are also much smaller. A typical plant has several stems, each with several strongly ascending branches, terminated by heads. The achenes (seeds) are beakless (contra C. vesicaria) and the stems lack stipitate glands (contra C. pulchra).
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