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Crepis tectorum

Crepis tectorum

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Campanulids
Ordo: Asterales

Familia: Asteraceae
Subfamilia: Cichorioideae
Tribus: Cichorieae
Subtribus: Crepidinae
Genus: Crepis
Species: Crepis tectorum

Crepis tectorum L., 1753

Crepis angustifolia Urv.
Crepis campestris Schur
Crepis dioscoridis Pollich
Crepis lachenalii Gochn.
Crepis linearifolia St. Lag.
Crepis muralis Neck. ex Steud.
Crepis muralis Salisb.
Crepis murorum S. G. Gmel.
Crepis polymorpha Gilib.
Crepis segetalis Roth ex Steud.
Crepis stricta Schultz
Crepis tinctoria Dulac
Crepis varia Moench
Hedypnois tectorum (L.) Huds.
Hieracioides tectorum (L.) Kuntze
Hieracium agrestis Bernh.
Hieracium strictum Vukot.
Hieracium tectorum (L.) Hornem.
Wibelia hieracioides Roehl.


Crepis tectorum Huds. = Crepis capillaris (L.) Wallr.
Crepis tectorum Vill. = Crepis vesicaria subsp. taraxacifolia (Thuill.) Thell.

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Europe
England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, France, Denmark, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Serbia & Kosovo, Montenegro, Romania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Crimea, NW-, N-, C-, E- & S-European Russia (incl. Kaliningrad region)
Continental: Asia-Temperate
Northern Caucasus, Siberia (W-Siberia, C-Siberia), Russian Far East, Mongolia, China (Heilongjiang, Nei Mongol, Xinjiang), Kazakhstan

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition

Linnaeus, C. 1753. Species Plantarum. Tomus II: 807. Reference page.


International Plant Names Index. 2017. Crepis tectorum. Published online. Accessed: Sep 21 2017.
The Plant List 2013. Crepis tectorum in The Plant List Version 1.1. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2017 Sep 21.
Tropicos.org 2017. Crepis tectorum. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 21 Sep 2017.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Crepis tectorum in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 07-Oct-06.

Vernacular names
Deutsch: Dach-Pippau
English: narrow-leaved hawksbeard
suomi: Ketokeltto

Crepis tectorum, commonly referred to as 'the narrowleaf hawksbeard[2]' or 'narrow-leaved hawk's-beard[3]', is an annual or winter annual plant between 30 and 100 centimetres in height. Originating in Siberia before being introduced to Canada in 1890,[4] the Narrowleaf hawksbeard's is an invasive species. Maintaining one branched, hairless and leafy stem during maturity, the Narrowleaf hawksbeard has yellow leaves which are arranged in an alternate manner and less than 0.5 inches (13 mm) wide.

The Narrowleaf hawksbeard's scientific namesake 'Crepis tectorum' originates from the Greek word krepis meaning sandal or slipper, which resembles the shape of the seed.[5]


Crepis tectorum is native to most of Europe,[6] as well as northern and central Asia (Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and parts of China (Inner Mongolia, Heilongjiang, Xinjiang)).[7]

The species is now naturalized in much of Canada, Greenland, and northern parts of the United States including Alaska.[8] Narrowleaf hawksbeard is now commonly found in the parkland zone of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.[4] Crepis tectorum is found in waste areas, conventional tillage, reduced tillage, forage and hay fields, and roadsides.[9][10]

Crepis tectorum is identified by its long, erect stem and yellow, dandelion-like flowers.[4] The leaves are pointed and lobed with a length of 10–15 centimetres (3.9–5.9 in) and width up to 4 cm (1.6 in).[4] The flower heads look like they contain single flowers, but in fact they contain many ray florets.[4]

Crepis tectorum may look similar to a dandelion at this stage but will have teeth that point downward on the underside leaf margin.[10] The cotyledons are oval and the first true leaves are more elongated with petioles.

The juvenile stage of the narrowleaf hawksbeard is distinguishable by its rosette of leaves.[10] The stem may contain a milky-white latex.[10]

A mature Crepis tectorum plant will have dandelion-like flowers, with many flower heads on each stem.[10] When the plant had gone to seed it will have a white, fluffy head where the flower used to be.[10] The seeds are dark purple/brown achenes dispersed by the wind using hairs called the pappus.[4]
Habitat and ecology

Crepis tectorum is an annual weed that grows in cultivated fields and roadsides. It is very invasive so it can take over a field and lead to serious ecological impacts for the surrounding. Crepis tectorum is able to grow in calcareous soil as well as soil that does not contain lime.[4] However, it grows best in nutrient rich soils containing clays and loams.[4] It also thrives in dry, coarse soil. It grows with other species in the wild however, it becomes infectious if not controlled by humans. It can easily be removed by hand, although it can be controlled better by chemical means. The presence of the Narrowleaf hawksbeard is damaging to the soil and other species of plants nearby as it generally takes over the area. The temperature range for germination is 2–4 °C (36–39 °F), with an optimum depth of 3–4 cm (1.2–1.6 in).[11]
Illustration of C. tectorum

Individuals of this species are usually approximately 3 feet (0.91 m) tall, single-stemmed, yellow petals on flowers, and produce 30–70 yellow ray florets.
Flowers and fruit

Inflorescences of Crepis tectorum are approximately ½-¾ inches wide and are hermaphrodite, having both male and female organs. It produces small flowers from June until September. The fruit is cylindrical shaped and dark brown. The fruit of Crepis tectorum is dry and is called an achene.[4]
Methods of control

Narrowleaf hawksbeard responds best to a fall application of 2,4-DB herbicide.[4] Non-chemical methods of control include spring or fall tillage to control winter annuals and the correct use of agronomic practices such as fertilization for the control of annuals.[4] Biological control can be achieved by insects, non-domestic animals, microorganisms, and viruses.[4] However, the use of biological control can be risky and should always be approached with caution.

The Plant List, Crepis tectorum L.
"Crepis tectorum". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
BSBI List 2007 (xls). Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
H. G. Nadja, A. L. Darwent & G. Hamilton (1982). "The biology of Canadian weeds. 54. Crepis tectorum L.". Canadian Journal of Plant Science. 62 (2): 473–481. doi:10.4141/cjps82-067.
"University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point". Archived from the original on 2011-09-28.
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Flora of China, 屋根草 wu gen cao, Crepis tectorum Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 2: 807. 1753.
Biota of North America Program 2014 county distribution map
Cooperative project with the U.S. Department of the Interior (2005). Invasive plants of Alaska. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of the Interior. pp. 63–65. ISBN 0-16-072996-3.
C. J. Bubar, S. J. McColl & L. M. Hall (2000). "Weeds of the Prairies". Edmonton, AB: Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.
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