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Common Name(s): Dandelion
Scientific Name: Taraxacum officinale
Taraxacum officinale, more commonly known as Dandelion, is a hairless or sparsely hairy plant, which can grow up to 60cm in height. Leaves form a basal rosette with very uneven teeth, very rarely entire. Flowerheads are solitary on the end of a long leafless stem, and are composed of ray florets only. Involucre of small spreading scales on the outside and longer appressed narrow scales on the inside. The well-known Dandelion "clock" is composed of many individual fruits, each with a long beak and an umbrella-shaped feathery pappus. Flowering season is April to December. Usual habitat is wasteground, hedgerows, roadside verges, meadows, gardens and parks. Widespread and very common throught the UK.
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