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First Dandelion

Observed: 25th February 2011 By: jhn7
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Description:

The first flower in the upper wood - it wasn't there this morning! No doubt there will be masses soon but this looks so fresh and jolly.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale agg.) interacts

Comments

jhn7's picture

Still a dandelion?

I have not been able to find any clear (understandable to me rather than a botanist) information about this plant. Are early spring 'dandelions' likely to be this species or is it more complex than that? I would be very interested to know.

Janet
Certificate in Contemporary Science (Open)

Tim Rich's picture

at least 235 dandelion

at least 235 dandelion species in Britain, about 20 of which belong to section Hamata, and as a rule they are an early flowering group. There may be other species flowering too, so its is much more complex. If you really want to get into dandelions there is a BSBI handbook on them - see Summerfield books webiste to order. Be warned, they are addictive...

Tim Rich

jhn7's picture

Thanks!

Amazing! I have saved the series of posts you put on a couple of weeks ago and will look for the book. Thank you very much.

Janet
Certificate in Contemporary Science (Open)

Martincito's picture

Dandelion addiction? Sounds

Dandelion addiction? Sounds like a worthy addition to fungus, spider and fly obsessions!

jhn7's picture

Oh help!

Is there time in the day!! I'm afraid I haven't followed this up very far except to remember it is more complex than I had once thought. As you say it would be a worthy addition to fungi specialisms, birds , plants .....

Janet
Certificate in Contemporary Science (Open)

Lucy Corrander's picture

Mention on Blog

Tim - hope it's alright to mention your comment here on a post about dandelions and woodlice on my blog, Loose and Leafy. (http://tinyurl.com/cxw6fyd)

If not, I can remove/change it.

Blog - Loose and Leafy - http://looseandleafy.blogspot.com/

Tim Rich's picture

fine - also see new picyorial

fine - also see new picyorial guides to Traxacum sections on Plant Crin on BSBI website eg
http://www.bsbi.org.uk/Taraxacum_section_hamata_Crib_3.pdf

Tim Rich

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Thanks again!

Very useful link, thank you. Being fairly dense I find pictures so much easier than words to explain differences and this does it brilliantly!

Janet
Certificate in Contemporary Science (Open)

landgirl's picture

Taraxacum

Wow, that is fantastic! Going to have a go with the local dandelions if it ever stops raining! Thanks Tim.