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Common name: Dandelion, Pissabed
Taraxacum officinale Weber APNI*
Synonyms: Taraxacum dens-leonis Desf. APNI*
Description: Perennial rosette herb 5–40 cm high.
Leaves oblanceolate, 5–40 cm long, 1–10 cm wide, apex acute, base narrowed and petiole-like, margins toothed to runcinate-pinnatifid, lamina glabrous to sparsely hairy.
Scapes 5–35 cm long, hollow, usually sparsely cobwebby above; heads 10–20 mm diam.; involucral bracts glabrous. Florets golden yellow.
Achene body 2.5–4.5 mm long, ribs with 3–5 apical teeth, cone tapering, beak 7–10 mm long; pappus c. 6 mm long, white to cream.
Flowering: most of year.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread weed of lawns, roadsides, wasteland and in cultivated and pasture areas, west to Deniliquin. Native of Eur.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *SWS, *NWP, *SWP, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *Tas. *W.A. *S.A.
Text by L. Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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