Taraxacum sect. Suavia

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Taraxacum sect. Suavia

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Description

Plant base with remnants of brownish dry petioles. Petiole narrow, unwinged; leaf blade deeply lobed, with lobes most often patent. Scapes densely arachnoid. Involucre base rounded to slightly truncate. Outer phyllaries 9–12, ± imbricate, orbicular-ovate to broadly ovate, mostly 5–6(–7) mm, appressed, with broad paler margin, apex usually corniculate. Achene 4.5–5 mm; body grayish straw-colored or red, densely spinulose above, very gradually narrowing into a conic-subcylindric 0.4–0.9 mm cone, spinules short and thin; beak 3–6 mm, slightly thickened. Pappus white [or whitish yellow], 5–6 mm. Fl. early spring.

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


Plants small or medium-sized, plant base with a tunica of brownish dry petioles. Leaves deeply lobate, lobation pattern often complicated, lobes most often patent, petioles narrow, unwinged. Scapes densely araneous. Involucre with rounded to slightly truncate base, usually of medium width (ca. 7–10 mm wide). Exterior and interior involucral bracts flat, less often slightly callose. Exterior bracts 9–12, ± imbricate, adpressed, round-ovate to broadly ovate, usually to 5–6 (–7) mm long, pale to dark green, often suffused purplish near the apex, usually corniculate, with broad paler margins, sparsely ciliate or ciliate. Pollen present (then variable in size) or absent, stigma yellow or discoloured. Achenes 4.5–5.0 mm long, usually 0.9–1.0 mm thick, gradually and indistinctly narrowing into the cone, achene body greyish stramineous or reddish or deep red, densely spinulose above, spinules short, thin, cone conical-subcylindrical, 0.4–0.9 mm long. Rostrum slightly thickened, 3–6 mm long, pappus 5–6 mm long, white or whitish-yellowish. Plants apomictic. Main flowering season: spring.

from: Kirschner & Štěpánek in Folia Geobot. 39: 264. 2004.

Distribution

Asia-Temperate: Altay (Altaynative); Kirgizistan (Kirgizistannative); Mongolianative (Mongolianative); Xinjiang (Xinjiangnative)

Common names

Chinese (China): 香花蒲公英组 xiang hua pu gong ying zuA

Bibliography

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