Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Western Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Crepis runcinata (James) Torr. & Gray
- Family: Composite (Compositae)
- Flowering: June-July
- Field Marks: This species has all leaves basal and leaves and stems that are smooth or sparsely hairy, but never with short, curly, matted hairs.
- Habitat: Alkaline meadows.
- Habit: Perennial herb with a thickened, fleshy rootstock.
- Stem: Upright, smooth or sometimes hairy but not with curly, matted hairs, up to 1 1/2 feet tall, bearing only the flower heads and a few bracts; milky sap present.
- Leaves: All basal, oblong to obovate, up to 10 inches long, up to 3 inches wide, rounded at the tip, tapering or abruptly contracted to the leaf stalk, smooth or somewhat hairy, but not with curly, matted hairs, toothed along the edges.
- Flowers: Many borne in heads on a leafless stem, the heads up to 1 inch high, consisting entirely of ray flowers; bracts surrounding each head narrowly lanceolate, pointed at the tip, usually glandular-hairy.
- Sepals: 0.
- Petals: 5, orange, united to form rays 1/2-3/4 inch long.
- Stamens: 5.
- Pistils: Ovary inferior.
- Fruits: Achenes 1/4-1/3 inch long, tapering to a short point at the tip, pale brown to dark brown, with at least 10 ribs, topped by a cluster of fine bristles.
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