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Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale agg.)

Observed: 18th April 2011 By: Buckle's WoodBuckle's Wood’s reputation in PlantsBuckle's Wood’s reputation in Plants
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale agg.)
Description:

On the egde of one of the grassy rides

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale agg.) interacts

Comments

lavateraguy's picture

Coltsfoot flowers ...

... are just coming through (round here). At this point in its life cycle there are no leaves visible (and when the leaves appear they are very different from dandelion leaves).

The capitula (flower heads) are also different, thought this is not obvious at a glance. Dandelion has a head composed solely of one type (ligulate) of florets. Coltsfoot is more closely related to the ragworts, and like them has both disc and ray florets. If you look closely at the middle of a coltsfoot flower head you can see the distinct disc florets. Coltsfoot has many more ray florets than ragworts, which is why it looks superficially rather like a dandelion.

The shaggy stems of coltsfoot also distinguish it from dandelion.

orchid_b's picture

Nice bee

What's the bee then? Halictus sp.?

Jamie from Briantspuddle

Buckle's Wood's picture

Coltsfoot - now Dandelion

Many thanks for you advice--I've made the alterations!
Sue
PS and help with the bee.

orchid_b's picture

Andrena flavipes?

Sue - could you try posting this photo again, but as a bee? I think it is Andrena flavipes and am interested to see if anyone else does!

Jamie from Briantspuddle