Common crupina2017-07-24T19:09:45+00:00

Common crupina

Crupina vulgaris Cass

Keys to Identification

  • Small pink flowers
  • Slender stems

This information courtesy of the Colorado Natural Areas Program

Family

Asteraceae (Aster, Sunflower)

Other Names

 Bearded creeper

USDA Code

CRVU2

Legal Status

Colorado Noxious Weed List A

Identification

Lifecycle

Annual

Growth form

Forb

Flower

Pink, lavender or purple ray flowers, 1-5 per branch.

Seeds/Fruit

A distinct ring of dark, stiff bristles encircle the broad end of the seed giving the appearance of a fishing fly (Whitsen, 1999). Soil seed bank viability period of at least 3 years.

Leaves

Rosette leaves are egg-shaped with smooth to slightly toothed margins. Older rosette leaves and stem leaves are pinnately to bi-pinnately lobed. Margins of lobes are armed with short, stiff spines giving leaves a coarse, rough texture when touched. Stem leaves are alternate, attached to the stem with no stalk and progressively smaller towards the end of the stem (Whitsen, 1999).

Stems

Main stem terminates in one to several short flowering branches: additional flowering branches originate in upper leaf axils.

Impacts

Agricultural

Invades hay fields and rangeland reducing forage quantity and quality. Can be invasive in grass crops grown for seed.

Ecological

Invades disturbed non-croplands and natural areas reducing forage and wildlife habitat.

Habitat and Distribution

General requirements

In the Pacific Northwest this plant is invasive on steep, south facing, grassy slopes.

Distribution

California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Colorado currently has no documented infestations of common crupina.

Historical

Native to the Mediterranean Region.

General requirements

 

References

USDA, NRCS. 2005. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 (http://plants.usda.gov). Data compiled from various sources by Mark W. Skinner. National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA

Whitson, T.D.(ed.), L.C. Burrill, S.A. Dewey, D.W. Cudney, B.E. Nelson, R.D. Lee, R. Parker. 5th Edition 1999. Common Crupina. Weeds of the West.

Western Society of Weed Science, in cooperation with the Western United States Land Grant Universities Cooperative Extension Services, Newark CA. pg. 127.

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