Weber ex Wiggets, Prim. Fl. Holsat. 56 (1780).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: Dandelion.
Perennial herb 5-40 cm high; leaves oblanceolate, acute, with a narrow petiole-like base, 5-30 cm long, 1-7 cm wide, runcinately pinnatifid to pinnatipartite, rather lax, glabrous to sparsely pubescent.
Scapes 5-35 cm long, smooth, glabrous to sparsely cobwebby, brownish to green; capitulum 2-4.5 cm diam.; involucre 11-22 mm diam., 15-24 mm long; outer bracts recurved, to 12 mm long; inner bracts to 24 mm long, glabrous.
Achene body 2.5-3.5 mm long, grey-brown to straw-coloured; cone c. 0.7 mm long; beak 7-10 mm long, cream to brown; pappus c. 6 mm long, white to cream.
Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 715.
Weed of suburban gardens and in disturbed sites on moist rich soil.
All States except the N.T. Native to Europe.
Flowering time: most of the year.
SA Distribution Map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia
The name T. officinale is the earliest applied to the section Taraxacum, which comprises an aggregate of numerous microspecies in Europe; it is not known from which of these the Australian populations have been derived.
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