Taraxacum sect. Mongolica

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Distribution

Asia-Temperate: Afghanistanreported in error; Amurreported in error; China North-Central (Gansunative, Hebeinative, Shaanxinative, Shandongnative, Shanxinative); China South-Central (Guizhounative, Hubeinative, Sichuannative); China Southeast (Anhuinative, Fujiannative, Guangdongnative, Henannative, Hunannative, Jiangsunative, Zhejiangnative); Inner Mongolia (Nei Mongolnative); Japan (Honshunative, Kyushunative, Shikokunative); Khabarovskreported in error; Kirgizistan (Kirgizistannative); Koreanative (North Koreanative, South Koreanative); Manchuria (Heilongjiangnative, Jilinnative, Liaoningnative); Mongolianative; Nansei-shoto (Nansei-shotonative); Primoryenative (Primoryenative); Taiwan (Taiwannative); Tibet (Tibetnative); Uzbekistan (Uzbekistannative)

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