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  1. Family: Asteraceae Bercht. & J.Presl
    1. Taraxacum F.H.Wigg.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Temp. & Subtropical to Tropical Mountains.


    Compositae, H. Beentje, C. Jeffrey & D.J.N. Hind. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2005

    Perennial herbs with a rosette of leaves and a solitary capitulum on a leafless, hollow scape
    Leaves usually pinnatilobed
    Capitula with phyllaries in two unequal rows
    Corolla yellow, rarely whitish
    Achenes fusiform, with a long beak; pappus of barbellate bristles.

    Compositae, G. V. Pope. Flora Zambesiaca 6:1. 1992

    Perennial scapigerous herbs with simple or branched taproots.
    Leaves radical, rosulate, entire, sinuate-dentate or runcinate.
    Scapes 1-many, simple, hollow; capitula large solitary terminal.
    Involucres oblong-campanulate; phyllaries 2-seriate, the inner series erect, the outer series shorter and spreading or recurved.
    Receptacle ± flat, epaleate, pitted.
    Corollas yellow (white), ligulate.
    Anthers sagittate at the base with shortly setaceous-acuminate auricles.
    Style branches long slender, sweeping hairs long.
    Achenes fusiform-oblanceolate, many-ribbed, narrowed and shortly conical above before tapering ± abruptly into a slender stalk-like beak (rostrum), beaks rarely absent, the ribs antrorsely muricate or echinate above.
    Pappus many-seriate consisting of numerous slender, unequal setae.



    Native to:

    Afghanistan, Alaska, Albania, Alberta, Algeria, Altay, Amur, Antipodean Is., Argentina Northwest, Argentina South, Assam, Austria, Azores, Baleares, Baltic States, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil South, British Columbia, Bulgaria, Buryatiya, California, Canary Is., Central European Rus, Chatham Is., Chile Central, Chile South, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Chita, Colombia, Colorado, Corse, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, East Aegean Is., East European Russia, East Himalaya, Egypt, El Salvador, Falkland Is., Finland, France, Føroyar, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Greenland, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Idaho, India, Inner Mongolia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Irkutsk, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jawa, Juan Fernández Is., Kamchatka, Kazakhstan, Khabarovsk, Kirgizstan, Korea, Krasnoyarsk, Kriti, Krym, Kuril Is., Labrador, Lebanon-Syria, Libya, Madeira, Magadan, Maine, Manchuria, Manitoba, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Southeast, Mongolia, Montana, Morocco, Myanmar, Nansei-shoto, Nepal, Netherlands, Nevada, New Mexico, New South Wales, New Zealand South, Newfoundland, North Caucasus, North European Russi, Northwest European R, Northwest Territorie, Norway, Nunavut, Ontario, Oregon, Pakistan, Palestine, Panamá, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Primorye, Qinghai, Québec, Romania, Sakhalin, Sardegna, Saskatchewan, Sicilia, South Australia, South European Russi, Spain, Sri Lanka, Svalbard, Sweden, Switzerland, Tadzhikistan, Taiwan, Tasmania, Tibet, Transcaucasus, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Turkmenistan, Tuva, Ukraine, Utah, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Victoria, Vietnam, Washington, West Himalaya, West Siberia, Western Australia, Wyoming, Xinjiang, Yakutskiya, Yugoslavia, Yukon

    Introduced into:

    Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Bahamas, Bolivia, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Connecticut, Cuba, Delaware, District of Columbia, Ecuador, Florida, Free State, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Kerguelen, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Namibia, Nebraska, New Brunswick, New Caledonia, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, New Zealand North, Niue, Norfolk Is., North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Provinces, Northern Territory, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Oklahoma, Paraguay, Pennsylvania, Prince Edward I., Queensland, Rhode I., South Carolina, South Dakota, South Georgia, Swaziland, Tennessee, Texas, Uruguay, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Zimbabwe

    Accepted Species

    Other Data

    Taraxacum F.H.Wigg. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Bautista, H.P. [PCD3705], Brazil K001031937
    Lombardi, J.A. [2819], Brazil K001100158


    First published in Prim. Fl. Holsat.: 56 (1780)

    Accepted by

    • (2019). epublication.
    • Roskov Y. & al. (eds.) (2018). Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands.


    Flora Zambesiaca

    • Prim. Fl. Hols.: 56 (1780) nom. conserv.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • K. Bremer, Asteraceae Clad. & Class.: 182 (1994), nom. conserv.
    • Prim. Fl. Hols.: 56 (1780)


    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa

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