Crepis foetida subsp. foetida

Stinking Hawksbeard

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect, often rather widely branching annual or biennial, to c. 50(–80) cm high; young stems with moderately dense cobwebby hairs and coarser, spreading, gland-tipped hairs to c. 1 mm long, lower stems often with longer (to c. 3 mm) eglandular hairs or bristles. Rosette (weakly developed) and lower cauline leaves petiolate or attenuate at base, c. oblanceolate, shallowly toothed to pinnatifid, mostly 3–8 cm long and 1–2 cm wide, sparsely to moderately bristly all over; upper cauline leaves sessile, auriculate, usually with several linear lobes near base, occasionally entire. Capitula turbinate, nodding or drooping in bud; outer bracts lanceolate, outer surface with sparse to dense cobwebby hairs and erect gland-tipped bristles to c. 1.5 mm long, inner surface with fine appressed hairs; inner bracts narrow-lanceolate, 9–12 mm long, thickening along the midrib and incurved in fruit, enveloping outer cypselas, indumentum as for outer bracts; ligules 6–9 mm long; receptacle with low ciliate ridges. Cypselas 8–13 mm long, scabrous, the outer ones not or hardly beaked, the inner ones with beaks longer than the body; pappus bristles in 2 rows. 

*CVU, *EGU, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *MuF, *NIS, *OtP, *VAlp, *VRiv. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW, ACT.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1999). Crepis. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-04-03
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Crepis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Crepis foetida subsp. foetida in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Crepis foetida subsp. foetida in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Victorian Alps present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory