Taraxacum sect. Mongolica

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Taraxacum sect. Mongolica

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Distribution

Asia-Temperate: Afghanistan reported in error; Altay native; Amur reported in error; China North-Central (Gansu native, Hebei native, Shaanxi native, Shandong native, Shanxi native); China South-Central (Guizhou native, Hubei native, Sichuan native); China Southeast (Anhui native, Fujian native, Guangdong native, Henan native, Hunan native, Jiangsu native, Zhejiang native); Inner Mongolia (Nei Mongol native); Iran reported in error; Japan (Honshu native, Kyushu native, Shikoku native); Khabarovsk reported in error; Kirgizistan native; Korea native (North Korea native); Manchuria (Heilongjiang native, Jilin native, Liaoning native); Mongolia native; Nansei-shoto native; Primorye nativenative; Taiwan native; Tibet native; Uzbekistan native

Description

Plant base whitish arachnoid. Middle leaves usually arachnoid. Petiole unwinged to narrowly winged; leaf blade deeply lobed. Scapes usually arachnoid. Capitulum pointing upward after anthesis. Involucre base rounded. Outer phyllaries 9–17, light green or green, imbricate or not so, linear-lanceolate to ovate, appressed or loosely appressed to erect, usually with distinct venation, almost unbordered or pale bordered, margin usually densely ciliate. Ligules light yellow, yellow, or rarely white. Achene usually pale grayish straw-colored brown, deep brown, straw-colored olivaceous, or rarely reddish, 4–6 × (0.9–)1.1–1.4(–2) mm; body frequently spinulose and tuberculate throughout, usually densely spinulose and squamulose in upper 1/5–1/3, gradually to subabruptly narrowing into a subcylindric to less often subconic 0.7–1.5 mm cone; beak 6–10 mm, thin. Pappus white or yellowish, (4–)6–8 mm.

from: Ge X., Kirschner J. & Štěpánek J. in Wu Z. Y. & al. (ed.), Flora of China 20–21: 296. 2011, Beijing & St Louis.

Common names

Chinese (China): 蒙古蒲公英组 meng gu pu gong ying zuA

Bibliography

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