Taraxacum sect. Oligantha

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Taraxacum sect. Oligantha

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Plants small, base usually densely hairy. Leaves usually arachnoid; petiole ± unwinged; leaf blade deeply lobed; lobes usually patent. Involucre narrow, usually to 6 mm wide. Phyllaries abaxially sparsely to densely arachnoid or less often surface glabrous, margin often long ciliate; outer phyllaries 6–10(–12), imbricate or subimbricate, broadly lanceolate to ovate, usually less than 5– 6(–7) mm, appressed, margin with paler central part, apically corniculate or with a horn at apex, horn usually blackish and erect. Receptacle glabrous or with a few arachnoid hairs. Florets few (usually less than 30 but sometimes less than 15), yellow. Achene grayish straw-colored brown to grayish brown, 5–6.5 mm; body almost smooth or very sparsely spinulose above, very gradually and indistinctly narrowing into beak, cone not visible or thick and broadly conic, spinules few and remote; beak 0.2–4 mm, thick. Pappus yellowish white to pale brownish, 4.5–6 mm, often fragile.

from: Ge X., Kirschner J. & Štěpánek J. in Wu Z. Y. & al. (ed.), Flora of China 20–21: 280. 2011, Beijing & St Louis.


Asia-Temperate: Afghanistannative (Afghanistannative); Irannative (Irannative); Iraqnative (Iraqnative); Kirgizistan (Kirgizistannative); Lebanon-Syria (LebanonnativeA,B); Mongolianative; Tadzhikistan (Tadzhikistannative); Tibet (Tibetnative); Transcaucasus (Armenianative: presence questionable); Turkey (Turkeynative); Uzbekistan (Uzbekistannative); Xinjiang (Xinjiangnative) Asia-Tropical: Nepal (Nepalnative); Pakistannative (Pakistannative); West Himalaya (Jammu-Kashmirnative)

Common names

Arabic (Lebanon): طَرَخْشَقون قَصير الـمِنْقارC,1; Chinese (China): 短喙蒲公英组 duan hui pu gong ying zuD
1. recommended


A. Mouterde, P., Nouvelle flore du Liban et de la Syrie 3, Texte. 1978-1984 (as Taraxacum brevirostre)
B. Tohmé, G. & Tohmé, H., Illustrated flora of Lebanon. 2007 (as Taraxacum brevirostre)
C. Nehmé, M., Dictionnaire Etymologique de la Flore du Liban. 2000 (as Taraxacum brevirostre)
D. Wu & al., Flora of China 20-21. 2011