Photographer: Dan Tenaglia
Taraxacum laevigatum (Willd.) DC.
red-seeded dandelion, rock dandelion
Taraxacum: medieval name traceable through Arabic to the Persian talkh chakok, meaning "bitter herb"
laevigatum: smooth, free from hairs or roughness
|Status: ||Introduced - naturalized|
|Plant: ||mostly erect, perennial, 2"-12" tall forb with milky juice|
|Flower: ||head 1" wide with only yellow ray flowers; inflorescence a single head on a long, hollow stalk from the base of the plant; blooms April-Nov.|
|Fruit:||reddish, dry seed on a fluffy pappus|
|Leaf:||basal, deeply pinnately-divided into narrow lobes, end lobe usually not larger than others|
|Habitat: ||fields, lawns, disturbed sites|