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Dandelion - Taraxacum Officinale

Observed: 1st July 2012 By: apm299
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Dandelion - Taraxacum Officinale 01
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Growing on a woodland path.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Autumn Hawkbit (Scorzoneroides autumnalis) interacts


landgirl's picture


That stem doesn't look dandelion-like to me.

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Back to the books. I don't think this is going to be quite as easy as first thought.

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yellow daisies

Yellow cichorioid (all flowers ligulate) daisies are difficult. When it comes to the numerous species of dandelion and hawkweed very few people can identify them.

[There are a few species of cichorioid daisies with blue, pink, purple or orange flowers - these are a bit easier to identify.]

If you don't attempt to identify dandelions and hawkweeds closer than genus then the common species can be identified by combinations of traits - it took me 3 years to teach myself, but I still pass over plants in some states as ambiguous.

In the case of dandelion (Taraxacum) and hawkbit (Scorzoneroides) dandelions have hollow stems, and (in the common forms) some reflexed phyllaries, while hawkbits have stems swollen and hollow just below the flower, and lack reflexed phyllaries.

The leaves of hawkbit are sufficiently similar to dandelion that it has the alternative name of autumn dandelion. They are narrower than those of dandelions, but the distinction may not always be clear, especially in small plants.

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Actually, I've just been out and looked at some dandelion stems, and to my surprise some of them are quite hairy - I always thought they were completely smooth! Sometimes we don't look closely enough at familiar species. But they still don't look like yours! A difficult group of plants, I'm afraid.