Wide-stalked Dandelion on Thompson Common

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Wide-stalked Dandelion (Taraxacum euryphyllum)    Photo: Bob Ellis

I noticed this dandelion with irregularly shaped black spots on the upper surface of the leaves, growing alongside the path on Thompson Common. The leaf markings suggested this could be a new dandelion for the day in Section Naevosa, so I called John Richards over for a closer look. He identified it as Taraxacum euryphyllum based on the hairy leaves and large purple-tinged, pruinose, bordered bracts.

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Wide-stalked Dandelion (Taraxacum euryphyllum)    Photo: Bob Ellis

Janet Higgins 05.05.2019