Taraxacum sect. Variegata

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Taraxacum sect. Variegata

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Systematics

Taraxacum sect. Variegata includes three species confined to the Rupshu region of southeastern Ladakh, which has the most continental climate of the area. The species occur at altitudes of c. 4500 m to c. 5300 m, in medium humid subsaline sites. They resemble T. sect. Suavia mainly in features of the outer phyllaries (their colours in the central and marginal portions are still more contrasting though) but substantially differ from this section in achene characters (colour, size, short cylindrical cone, short beak) (Kirschner & al. 2020: 102).A

Description

"Plants delicate, with relatively narrow leaves and short patent entire lateral segments. Petioles and leaf blades glabrous or initially very sparsely arachnoid and later glabrescent. Scapes glabrous or glabrescent. Outer phyllaries not numerous, usually broadly ovate to ovate, sometimes to lanceolate, with contrasting colours of almost black middle part and ± white borders (and greenish part inbetween). Achenes blackish grey, dark grey or (when unripe) light grey, relatively short, with dense erect spinulosity above, and a subabrupt to subgradual transition between achene body and a short,cylindrical, relatively thin cone; beak short, usually slightly thickened."

from Kirschner & al. (2020: 103)A

Distribution

Asia-Tropical: West Himalaya (Jammu-Kashmir nativeA)

Bibliography

A. Kirschner J., Štěpánek J., Klimeš L. & al., The Taraxacum flora of Ladakh, with notes on the adjacent regions of the West Himalaya in Phytotaxa 457: 1-409. 2020