Crepis paludosa

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Crepis paludosa
Crepis paludosa Sturm55.jpg
1796 illustration[1]
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Crepis
C. paludosa
Binomial name
Crepis paludosa

Crepis paludosa, the marsh hawk's-beard,[3] is a European species of plants in the dandelion tribe within the sunflower family. It is widespread across much of Europe with isolated populations in Iceland, the Ural Mountains, and the Caucasus.[4][5]

Crepis paludosa is found beside shady burns, and in other damp shady places.[6] The inflorescence is around 15–25 millimetres (0.6–1.0 in) in diameter.[6] The upper leaves of marsh hawksbeard clasp the stem with pair of rounded basal lobes. The plant is perennial. It is a much more robust plant than smooth hawksbeard, Crepis capillaris, with which it is sometimes confused. Flower heads are yellow and the flower buds are covered with black gland-hairs.[6]


Crepis paludosa is a component of Purple moor grass and rush pastures - a type of Biodiversity Action Plan habitat in the UK. It occurs on poorly drained neutral and acidic soils of the lowlands and upland fringe. It is found in the South West of England, especially in Devon.


  1. ^ Figure 55 from Deutschlands Flora in Abbildungen; Author: Johann Georg Sturm; Painter: Jacob Sturm
  2. ^ The Plant List, Crepis paludosa (L.) Moench
  3. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  4. ^ Altervista Flora Italiana, Radicchiella di palude, Crepis paludosa (L.) Moench includes photos and European distribution map
  5. ^ Wilde Planten en Nederland en België in Dutch with photos and distribution map
  6. ^ a b c Skye Flora site.

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