Taraxacum sect. Ceratoidea

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Taraxacum sect. Ceratoidea

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Common names

Chinese (China): 角状蒲公英组 jiao zhuang pu gong ying zuA

Description

Leaves usually slightly fleshy, light green to pale glaucous-green, sometimes suffused bronze, not spotted, subglabrous. Outer phyllaries usually light to yellowish green with an indistinct paler or whitish border but often reddish near apex, usually appressed to loosely appressed or erect, ovate, lanceolate, or rarely linear-lanceolate, usually 4–6.5 × 1–3.5 mm, apex with horn or at least corniculate. Outer ligules usually pale yellow, outside striped faintly reddish. Stigmas pure yellow. Achene light grayish straw-colored brown, usually 3–5 mm, to 0.9 mm wide; body relatively densely spinulose above, gradually to subgradually narrowing into subconic to subcylindric (0.7–)0.8–1(–1.6) mm cone, spinules usually thin, straight, erect, and acute; beak (3.5–)5–7(–8.5) mm. Pappus white to snow white, usually 5–7 mm.

from: Ge X., Kirschner J. & Štepánek J. in Wu Z. Y. & al. (ed.), Flora of China 20–21: 312. 2011, Beijing & St Louis.

Bibliography

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