Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1486

Forb
Perennial
Has milky sap (latex)

Non-native: Eurasia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in lawns, roadsides, urban areas, pastures, disturbed areas, trailsides, less commonly in a variety of less disturbed habitats, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Variable

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal rosette

FLOWER:
Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall
Rays: Yellow
Disc: Absent
Ray flowers bisexual
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall
Olive-brown
Achene

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Taraxacum officinale   FAMILY Asteraceae_

GREATER THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale   FAMILY Asteraceae_

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-17-002:
Taraxacum officinale   FAMILY Asteraceae_

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Leontodon taraxacum

 

COMMON NAME:
Common Dandelion


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_leta2_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm0303x_16

March    Greenville County    SC

Leaves all at the base and cut into sharp, backward-pointing lobes, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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JK Marlow    jkm110320_100

March    Pickens County    SC

Hagood Mill

Disc flowers absent. Ray flowers yellow and bisexual, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


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JK Marlow    jkm110320_106

March    Pickens County    SC

Hagood Mill

Each scape is hollow and bears a single flower head, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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JK Marlow    jkm110320_111

March    Pickens County    SC

Hagood Mill

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_taraxacum_officinale

March        

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JK Marlow    jkm0404b_06

April    Greenville County    SC

Leaves numerous in a basal rosette, deeply pinnatisect to barely lobed, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm0404b_06b

April    Greenville County    SC

Outer involucral bracts are reflexed and about as long as inner bracts, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.


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JK Marlow    jkm0404o_36

April    Greenville County    SC

Single yellow flowers at the ends of long, smooth, hollow stalks, per Weeds of Southern Turfgrasses.

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JK Marlow    jkm080410_016

April    Lexington County    SC

Parking lot

Fruits olive-brown achenes, pappus a tuft of white hairlike bristles, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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JK Marlow    jkm120403_505

April    Greenville County    SC

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Tim Spira    tpstaraxacum_frtinghead3

April        

Olive-brown achenes are tapered at both ends, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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Tim Spira    tpstofficinale_lwgarden

April        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_t_officinale_4

December    Floyd County    GA

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_t_officinale_4b

December    Floyd County    GA