There are 70 species of Crepis in Europe alone. Crepis leaves sit in spirals along the stems, often lobed, with lobes pointed downwards. The stems are normally branched. Flowers consist of only ray florets. Underneath the flower the bracts are in 2 rows covered in black hairs, the outer row being the smaller, the inner row, long and pointed.
The stem of Crepis nicaeensis is hairy, branching from the middle upwards. The outer bracts are shorter, giving the bracts a striped effect when the flower is in bud.
The tips on the reverse side of the ray florets are often reddish.
Pinnatisect leaf is deeply lobed, almost to the central midrib, Linear narrow blade leaf, like grass. Lobes almost to central midrib, serrated, pointed, end lobe being the largest. Stem leaves linear.
Achene: a cluster of 1-seeded, flat, ridged fruit, 4-7.5 mm long with white, soft hairs.