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  1. Family: Asteraceae Bercht. & J.Presl
    1. Crepis L.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Temp. & Subtropical Northern Hemisphere to Tropical African Mountains.


    Compositae, G. V. Pope. Flora Zambesiaca 6:1. 1992

    Perennial (annual or biennial) herbs, subscapose from semi-woody rootstocks in the Flora Zambesiaca area, or caulescent, hispid or glandular-setose sometimes also tomentellous, or glabrous.
    Stems or flowering stalks erect, 1-several.
    Leaves radical and rosulate, or cauline and alternate, entire to coarsely toothed (or pinnatifid).
    Capitula solitary, or few to many corymbosely (paniculately) arranged.
    Involucres cylindric-campanulate.
    Phyllaries 2-several-seriate, the inner often thickening or carinate and longer than the outer in friuting capitula.
    Receptacle epaleate, pitted, fimbrilliferous.
    Florets numerous, yellow, rarely white or pink; ligules usually longer than the tube; anthers sagittate at the base, auricles acute or shortly setaceous-acuminate; style branches long slender, sweeping-hairs medium to long.
    Achenes homomorphic, subterete, sometimes attenuate into an apical beak, uniformly many-ribbed.
    Pappus 1-many-seriate of shortly barbellate, persistent (deciduous) setae.

    Compositae, H. Beentje, C. Jeffrey & D.J.N. Hind. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2005

    Perennial (less often annual or biennial) herbs
    Leaves mostly rosulate
    Capitula solitary or corymbose; involucre cylindric-campanulate; phyllaries unequal, the outermost short and often extending down the stalk, the inner in two series, often becoming keeled and slightly inflated proximally; receptacle naked, rarely fimbriate or paleate
    Florets many; corolla usually yellow or white; anthers sagittate, the auricles acute or acuminate; style branches long, slender
    Achenes lengthening considerably after anthesis, becoming narrowly terete or fusiform, many-ribbed, distally attenuate or with a long beak; pappus of barbellate bristles.



    Native to:

    Afghanistan, Albania, Alberta, Algeria, Altay, Amur, Angola, Arizona, Austria, Azores, Baleares, Baltic States, Belarus, Belgium, British Columbia, Bulgaria, Burundi, Buryatiya, California, Cameroon, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, Central European Rus, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Chita, Colorado, Corse, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Djibouti, East Aegean Is., East European Russia, East Himalaya, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Free State, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Idaho, Inner Mongolia, Iowa, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Irkutsk, Italy, Japan, Kamchatka, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Khabarovsk, Kirgizstan, Korea, Krasnoyarsk, Kriti, Krym, Kuril Is., Kuwait, KwaZulu-Natal, Laos, Lebanon-Syria, Lesotho, Libya, Madeira, Magadan, Malawi, Manchuria, Manitoba, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Minnesota, Mongolia, Montana, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nebraska, Nepal, Netherlands, Nevada, New Mexico, Nigeria, North Caucasus, North Dakota, North European Russi, Northern Provinces, Northwest European R, Norway, Oman, Oregon, Pakistan, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Primorye, Qinghai, Romania, Rwanda, Sakhalin, Sardegna, Saskatchewan, Saudi Arabia, Selvagens, Sicilia, Sinai, Somalia, South Dakota, South European Russi, Spain, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tadzhikistan, Taiwan, Tanzania, Texas, Thailand, Tibet, Transcaucasus, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Turkmenistan, Tuva, Uganda, Ukraine, Utah, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Washington, West Himalaya, West Siberia, Wyoming, Xinjiang, Yakutskiya, Yemen, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Introduced into:

    Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Bolivia, Chatham Is., Colombia, Connecticut, Costa Rica, Delaware, District of Columbia, Ecuador, Florida, Georgia, Greenland, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Juan Fernández Is., Kentucky, Labrador, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Masachusettes, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New South Wales, New York, New Zealand North, Newfoundland, North Carolina, Northwest Territorie, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Peru, Québec, Rhode I., South Australia, South Carolina, Tasmania, Tennessee, Tristan da Cunha, Uruguay, Vermont, Victoria, Virginia, West Virginia, Western Australia, Wisconsin, Yukon

    Accepted Species


    Other Data

    Crepis L. appears in other Kew resources:


    First published in Sp. Pl.: 805 (1753)

    Accepted by

    • Roskov Y. & al. (eds.) (2018). Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands.


    Flora of West Tropical Africa

    • Babcock in Univ. Calif. Publ. 22 (1947).
    • —F.T.A. 3: 448

    Flora Zambesiaca

    • C. Jeffrey in Kew Bull. 18: 457–462 (1966).
    • Babcock, The Genus Crepis [Univ. Calif. Publ. Bot,2122: 1–1030 (1947)].
    • Gen. Pl., ed. 5: 350 (1754).
    • Sp. Pl. 2: 805 (1753)

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • K. Bremer, Asteraceae Clad. & Class.: 180 (1994)
    • Babc., the genus Crepis, Univ. Calif. Publ. Bot. 21–22: 1 (1947)
    • L., Gen. Pl., ed. 5: 350 (1754)
    • Sp. Pl.: 805 (1753)


    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa

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