Is it a native?
Smooth Hawksbeard - introduced (*Crepis capillaris)
Family: Asteraceae (Daisy family).
Native of Europe.
Occurrence: Uncommon in Central Victoria. Is more common in higher rainfall areas.
- it is a tall, (e.g. 50 cm or more) branched plant
- the upper branches end in flowers
- the lower leaves clasp the stems
- the bristles on the seeds are very fine, and hidden by the green floral leaves (the bracts)
- the floral leaves curve inwards as the flower matures and the petals fall off
- the floral leaves are in two rows; the outer row is
much shorter than the inner row
- the floral leaves have small, glandular hairs (i.e.
hairs which end in a sticky globule).
It is an environmental weed.
Photos 1: Upper R: Part of the flowering branches of Smooth Hawksbeard. The floral leaves curve inwards and hide the bristles on the seed.
2: The leaves on the upper part of the plant are smaller
than the lower leaves. The petals are longer than the floral leaves. Gong Gong Reservoir.
3: Flowers. Daylesford.