Etymology: Taraxacum: medieval name traceable through Arabic to the Persian talkh chakok, meaning "bitter herb"
Plants: mostly erect, perennial, 2"-12" tall forb with milky juice
Leaves: basal, deeply pinnately-divided into narrow lobes, end lobe usually not larger than others
Flowers: 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.
Fruits: reddish, dry seed on a fluffy pappus
Habitat: fields, lawns, disturbed sites
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized
Flora of North America: Flora of North America USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"