Photographer: PNW Weed Management Handbook
Taraxacum officinale Weber
Taraxacum: medieval name traceable through Arabic to the Persian talkh chakok, meaning "bitter herb"
officinale: Latin generally meaning "of the shops" or "sold in the marketplace" or "official"
|Status: ||Introduced - naturalized|
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 2"-12" tall forb with milky juice|
|Flower: ||head 1"-2" 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:||brown, dry seed on fluffy pappus|
|Leaf:||basal, pinnately-divided, long and narrow, end lobe usually larger than the others|
|Habitat: ||fields, lawns, disturbed sites|