Taraxacum vendibile

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Taraxacum vendibile

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Common names

Chinese (China): 普通蒲公英 pu tong pu gong yingA

Description

Herbs 12–16(–25) cm tall, ± medium-sized. Petiole pinkish to purplish, short, ± broadly winged; leaf blade grayish green and slightly suffused reddish brown, oblanceolate to narrowly oblanceolate in outline, usually 8–14 × 1.5–2.5(–4) cm, sparsely arachnoid, deeply pinnatilobed, midvein pale green and adaxially sparsely arachnoid; lateral lobes 4–9, triangular, narrowly triangular, or deltoid, 0.8–1.2 × 4–10 mm, ± patent, proximal margin straight to ± concave and ± entire or sometimes with several minute teeth, distal margin ± straight to slightly sigmoid and entire or with a few teeth; interlobes not spotted, 4–8 mm wide, margin dentate, teeth of variable length and density and with an attenuate apex; terminal lobe ± broadly triangular, distal margin ± straight and entire, apex acute or mucronate. Scapes pinkish to purplish green at base, ± equaling leaves, ± densely floccose-arachnoid. Capitulum ca. 4 cm wide, sometimes nodding after anthesis. Involucre 1–1.1 cm wide, base rounded. Outer phyllaries 16–20, lanceolate to ovate, outermost ones 7–10 × 3.5–4.5 mm and 1/2–2/3 as long as inner ones, erect, erect-patent, or loosely appressed, middle part dark grayish green with a gradual transition into a pale whitish green ca. 1 mm wide border, apical 1/4–1/3 usually suffused purplish, margin sparsely ciliate, apex often slightly recurved, usually flat below tip; inner phyllaries 1.2–1.4 cm, apex flat. Ligules golden yellow; outer ligules ± flat, outside striped dark grayish, with black apical teeth; inner ligules with yellow or red apical teeth. Stigmas dirty yellow to greenish. Anthers polliniferous; pollen grains regular in size. Achene very pale yellowish brown to grayish ivory white, 3.5–4.5 × 0.7–0.9 mm; body narrow, relatively densely shortly spinulose in upper 1/5–1/4, very gradually narrowing into a relatively thick subcylindric (0.6–)0.7–0.9 mm cone, spinules ± erect; beak 8.5–10 mm. Pappus slightly yellowish white, 6–7 mm. Fl. late spring to summer. Agamosperm.

from: Ge X., Kirschner J. & Štepánek J. in Wu Z. Y. & al. (ed.), Flora of China 20–21: 319. 2011, Beijing & St Louis.

Distribution

Asia-Temperate: China South-Central (Sichuan nativeA, Yunnan nativeA); Tibet nativeA

Bibliography

A. Wu & al., Flora of China 20-21. 2011