Taraxacum pseudosumneviczii

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Taraxacum pseudosumneviczii

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Common names

Chinese (China): 假紫果蒲公英 jia zi guo pu gong yingA

Description

Herbs 6–10 cm tall, delicate, base arachnoid and with a tunic. Petiole purplish, 1–2 cm, ± unwinged; leaf blade pale green with a pale greenish midvein, ± narrowly oblanceolate in outline, 4–7 × 0.8–1.2 cm, sparsely to densely arachnoid, deeply pinnatisect; lateral lobes 6–8, ± linear, 4–5 × 1–1.5 mm, ± patent or sometimes slightly curved upward, proximal margin straight to concave and entire, distal margin straight to ± sigmoid and entire or with a single tooth near base; interlobes ± short and narrow, margin entire or very sparsely dentate; terminal lobe ± narrowly triangular, 3-partite, basal segments narrow, 3–4 × ca. 1 mm, and patent, terminal segment narrowly spatulate, 8–10 × 1–2 mm, and apex acute. Scapes green but base pinkish green, ± equaling leaves, ± densely arachnoid. Capitulum 1–1.5 cm wide, remaining unopened. Involucre 6–7 mm wide, base rounded. Outer phyllaries 11–15, dark green, broadly ovate to ovate-lanceolate, outermost ones 3.5–5 × 2–2.5 mm and ca. 1/3 as long as inner ones, loosely appressed, dark middle part with a gradual transition into a paler to whitish 0.2–0.5 mm wide border, margin sometimes sparsely denticulate and glabrous or sparsely ciliate near apex, apex ± flat or dark callose; inner phyllaries 1.2–1.3 cm, apex ± flat. Ligules ± yellow, short; outer ligules ± tubular, outside striped grayish red; inner ligules usually with yellow apical teeth. Stigmas pale grayish green. Anthers without pollen. Achene reddish brown, 4.4–5.1 × 1–1.2 mm; body densely shortly spinulose in upper ca. 1/3, very gradually narrowing into a thick subconic 0.6–1 mm cone, spinules thin and ± erect; beak ca. 4 mm, ± thick. Pappus white, 5–5.5 mm. Fl. spring. Agamosperm.

from: Ge X., Kirschner J. & Štepánek J. in Wu Z. Y. & al. (ed.), Flora of China 20–21: 322. 2011, Beijing & St Louis.

Distribution

Asia-Temperate: Xinjiang nativeA

Bibliography

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