Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium

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Family Asteraceae
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
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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

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