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Crepis tectorum
annual hawksbeard, narrow leaf hawksbeard, rooftop hawksbeard
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Introduced from Alaska to California, and across much of the northern half on the United States

Habitat: Uncommon in lawns and wastelands

Flowers: June - July

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glabrous annual, 1-10 dm. tall, with milky juice.


Basal leaves petiolate, the blade lanceolate or oblanceolate, finely toothed to pinnately parted, up to 15 cm. long and 4 cm. wide; reduced cauline leaves sessile and auriculate, linear, often involute.


Heads several to numerous, 30-70 flowered; involucre 6-9 mm. high, its inner bracts 12-15, with fine hairs and sometimes with stalked glands as well, the outer bracts about one-third as long; corollas all ligulate, yellow.


Achenes 2.5-4.5 mm. long, dark reddish-brown, spindle-shaped, with 10 ribs.

Accepted Name:
Crepis tectorum L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 2: 807. 1753. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Crepis tectorum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Crepis tectorum checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Crepis tectorum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Crepis tectorum photos.

USDA Plants: Crepis tectorum information.

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