Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3374

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in Coastal Plain, rare in GA)

Look for it in rocky woodlands, roadsides, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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DOES THE PLANT HAVE "MILKY SAP"?
Has milky sap (latex)

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal rosette

RHIZOMES? STOLONS?
Plants colonial, connected to tubers by long slender stolons

FLOWER:
Spring
Rays: Yellow, Orange-yellow
Disc: Absent
Ray flowers bisexual
Inferior ovary
Flower heads solitary on leafless stalks

FRUIT:
Spring
Dark brown
Achene

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Krigia dandelion   FAMILY Asteraceae_

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Krigia dandelion   FAMILY Asteraceae_

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-15-003:
Krigia dandelion   FAMILY Asteraceae_

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Cynthia dandelion

 

COMMON NAME:
Colonial Dwarf-dandelion, Potato Dandelion


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image of Krigia dandelion, Colonial Dwarf-dandelion, Potato Dandelion

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_cyda5_001_lvd

        

image of Krigia dandelion, Colonial Dwarf-dandelion, Potato Dandelion

JK Marlow    jkm200415_3814

April    Greenville County    SC

Chandler Heritage Preserve

A colonial herb 4-20" tall, from tuberous rhizomes, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Krigia dandelion, Colonial Dwarf-dandelion, Potato Dandelion

JK Marlow    jkm200415_3816

April    Greenville County    SC

Chandler Heritage Preserve

Leaves smooth, glaucous, with tapering bases, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Krigia dandelion, Colonial Dwarf-dandelion, Potato Dandelion

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_krigia_dandelion_1

April    Iredell County    NC

The 4-20" tall scape has a terminal, solitary flower head 1.2 to 1.8" wide, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.


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image of Krigia dandelion, Colonial Dwarf-dandelion, Potato Dandelion

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_krigia_dandelion_1b

April    Iredell County    NC

Heads have only ray flowers (= ligulate), each w 5 stamens & a 2-cleft style, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Krigia dandelion, Colonial Dwarf-dandelion, Potato Dandelion

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_krigia_dandelion_2

April    Iredell County    NC