Taraxacum erythrospermum Andrz.

Red-Seeded Dandelion


CC = *
CW = 5
MOC = 27

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Family - Asteraceae/Cichorieae

Stems - No info. yet.

Leaves - No info. yet.


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Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Involucre - No info. yet.


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Ray flowers - No info. yet.


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Taraxacum_erythrospermum_achenes.jpg Achenes.

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Disk flowers - Absent.

Flowering - All year.

Habitat - Lawns, gardens, fields, meadows, pastures, roadsides, railroads.

Origin - Native to Eurasia.

Other info. - This species and the related T. officinale Wiggers are very common species and are probably the most recognized wildflowers in nature. The plants bloom nearly all year and even have flowers when covered with snow and ice. Differentiating the two dandelion species can be difficult and the two may not be distinct at all. The best way to separate the two in the field is by looking at the achenes. T. erythrospermum has reddish to reddish purple fruits. The achenes of T. officinale are greenish to olive or brown. Here they are:


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Photographs taken in Jacksonville, NC., 3-6-03.