Taraxacum pulchriflos

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Taraxacum pulchriflos

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Description

"Plants small, to ca. 10 cm tall. Petiole from ale green with pinkish coloration to grey-purple, narrow, ± unwinged, sparsely arachnoid; plant base with whitish hairs, without tunic. Leaves light greyish green to light green, usually with grey-purple mid-vein, ± oblanceolate in outline, usually 5–7 × 1.4–2 cm, sparsely arachnoid, pinnaifid to pinnatisect, with ca. 3–4 pairs of ± patent to recurved, triangular lateral segments, distal margin usually convex, irregularly denticulate, proximal margin straight to concave, apex often distinctly recurved, acute; interlobes variably developed, often with raised margins, entire or with a few little teeth; terminal segment variable, usually ± triangular, with margins straight to convex, often denticulate, basal lobules small, subrecurved. Scapes brownish green, usually suffused purplish, arachnoid distally, ± overtopping leaves. Capitulum yellow, 2–3 cm wide. Involucre light grey-green, ± not pruinose, usually 6–7 mm wide and narrowly rounded to subobconical at base. Outer phyllaries 9–13, ± imbricate, broadly ovate to lanceolate, ± obtuse, from 3.5–5.5 × 2–2.5 mm to 6.5 (–7.5) × 1.5 mm, appressed, with a conspicuous white border 0.3–0.5 mm wide, sharply delimited from a pale green belt, middle part (or line) blackish, margins entire to irregularly denticulate, distally minutely ciliate, apex usually purplish, blackish callose; inner phyllaries often of unequal width, 12–13 mm long, later considerably elongating, callose to ± flat. Outer ligules ± flat, striped brownish purple or greyish purple outside, inner ligule teeth brown-purple. Anthers polliniferous, anther tube with brown-red longitudinal stripes, pollen grains irregular in size. Stigmas yellow to greyish yellow (yellow with mixed black and hyaline pubescence outside). Achenes light pure grey to light greyish-stramineous, 6.2–6.6 × 1.0 mm, body irregularly squamuloseupper 1/5–1/4, squamules sparse, ± large, body ± gradually narrowing into a long, cylindrical cone 1.2–1.4 × ca. 0.25–0.3 mm, beak 5.5–6 × 0.2 mm, pappus yellowish white, 6–7 mm long. Agamosperm."

from Kirschner & al. (2020: 256-257)A

Distribution

Asia-Tropical: West Himalaya (Jammu-Kashmir nativeA)

Bibliography

A. Kirschner J., Štěpánek J., Klimeš L. & al., The Taraxacum flora of Ladakh, with notes on the adjacent regions of the West Himalaya in Phytotaxa 457: 1-409. 2020