Photographer: Kitty Kohout
Microseris cuspidata (Pursh) Sch.Bip.
false dandelion, prairie dandelion, prairie false dandelion
Microseris: from the Greek micros, "small," and seris, "a lettuce-like plant"
cuspidata: from Latin meaning "with a cusp," a sharp and rigid point
|Status: ||Special Concern|
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 3"-12" tall forb with milky juice|
|Flower: ||head 1" wide with yellow ray flowers; inflorescence with 1 head at the end of a long, bare stalk arising from the base of the plant; blooms April-May|
|Fruit:||dry seed with 10 ribs on bright, white, fluffy pappus|
|Leaf:||alternate, crowded near the base, narrow with a pointed tip, entire but edges often rough|
|Habitat: ||sun; dry; prairies; in rocky soil|