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This is one of quite a few tall yellow composites which can easily be confused. At this time of year both Crepis capillaris (Smooth Hawk's-beard) and Crepis vesicaria (Beaked Hawk's-beard) are flowering. The seeds (achenes) need to be examined to be sure of a correct identification. The plants at this site were very healthy with some well over 1 metre tall.

Crepis biennis seems to be common in England according to BSBI even though Stace thrid edition says this is a rarity It is fairly common in Ireland but parts of Wales and most of Scotland have very few sites.

Banks of River Mersey, Didsbury near Manchester, 3rd May 2007

Added on 10th May 2007, updated 8th December 2008, updated 21st March 2010, updated Se3 4th May 2010

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