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ta-RAKS-uh-kum — medieval name for bitter herbDave’s Botanary
oh-fiss-ih-NAH-lee — official – used in pharmacological senseDave’s Botanary

commonly known as: common dandelion • Bengali: pitachumki • Gujarati: પાથરડી pathardi • Hindi: दुधेरी dudheri, दुग्धफेनी dugdhapheni, कर्णफूल karnaphul • Kannada: ಕಾಡು ಸೇವನ್ತಿ kadu sevanti • Malayalam: ദുഗ്ധഫേനി dugdhapheni • Marathi: उंदरकानी undarkani • Nepali: टुकी फूल tuki phul • Punjabi: ਦੂਦਲ dudal, ਰਦਮ radam • Sanskrit: दुग्धफेनी dugdhapheni, लूतारि lutari • Telugu: పత్రి patri

Native to: Eurasia; naturalized world-wide
 

Diagnostic features: The plant consists of a rosette of basal leaves; each head (capitulum) has about 150-200 yellow ray florets and no disk florets; the outer green bracts curve sharply downward from the heads; only a single head is produced from a hollow flowering stalk.
 
In India leaves are used as vegetable only by local people, but dandelion leaves are sold in big stores of California and relished by residents.    

 

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Herb for ID-PC-06-31.07.2015 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3) 

please identify the herb. The pictures were taken in Krakow, Poland,
It is small herb growing on the road side and the slopes at river bank.


the first two look like dandelion, the third may be frm family hahnenfuß.
both of them grow wild and in plenty


Dandelions are already out. Warm winters this season is causing several wild flowers to bloom before their natural flowering time. I brought a flower/leaf home yesterday to make close up photographs to show individual florets.

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Asteraceae herb SN16April03 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Asteraceae herb with radical leaf and yellow flowers from Jwalamukhi area of Himachal


Taraxacum officinale to me.


 

 

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MKP AU 005 Launea procumbens : 10 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)

One of my friend identified this as Launea procumbens. Is the id correct? The plant is small shrub, Seen near sea shores. Here in Geelong where I stay is very near shore. I have seen these plants in India too. The reason she gave was Leaves are pinnatisect almost pinnatipartite


efi page on Launaea procumbens with images 


I feel first picture is different from others. Pl. check.


No Sir. They are of same flowers. The only thing when I clicked first the blooms were all surrounded by grass. latter I got an isolated plant which I clicked mainly for leaves. These were abundant in summer


what you say may be correct.
Sending herewith few more photos of first image.
The leaves as well as the pattern of pappus on dry seed appear to be different.


In that case do I separate the images newly sent as a separate mail? Better for record and id?


Yeah, that will be better.


I think except for first image, it appears to be Taraxacum officinale 


Thanks … for the identification. The first image with other of same will send on new link


 

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Wild Flower For ID : Pahalgam : 020813 : AK-2 : Attachments (1).  3 posts by 2 authors.
A tiny yellow Asteraceae flower seen at Pahalgam on 6/9/11.
Kindly id.


Should be Taraxacum officinale..


Thanks for the id

 

 

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Requesting ID of the attached flower captured in San Francisco, USA in May 2013.
I had earlier thought it to be Taraxacum officinale, however, as an afterthought, I think it is not


I think you are right in calling it Taraxacum officinale. The flower-head does look like dandelion. The leaves are of a different plant.


 

 

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Asteraceae Flower Seeds : Pahalgam : 221013 : AK-1 Attachments (2). 4 posts by 2 authors.
These Asteraceae seeds were seen in a garden in Pahalgam on 6/9/2011.

Would it be possible to id these?
Leucanthemum vulgare flowers were seen close by.


May be Taraxacum sp


Surely Taraxacum officinale


 

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Fruits & Vegetables Week: Taraxacum officinale, the common dandelion: Taraxacum officinale, the common dandelion, very common in the Himalayan region often found in meadows and forests. In India leaves are used as vegetable only by local people, but dandelion leaves are sold in big stores of California and relished by residents.


-I have seen this plant frowing as weed around vancouver


 – I have seen these plant on the way to Gulmarg.  We used to blow on the dried flower heads to see the
seeds flying in wind.


-This was a a regular pastime in our childhood. We would hold the achene head carefully so that it remains instact, then ask the friend whether he wants a turban or a cap. If he would ask for a turban we would blow it gently so that only a few achenes fall out and the heads has many achenes forming a turban. If the friend asked for a cap, we would blow it strongly so that all achenes fall off and cap like naked head is visible.


 

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Kalatope Dandelion.. id al010411:  This is what I presume to be a ‘dandelion‘.. what .. called ‘Taraxacum officinale’
Location Kalatope, Chamba
Altitude 2100 mt
habit herb
habitat wild
height 3 inches


 

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Flowers from Uttarakhand-ID requested_DS11052011_SN5: Small yellow sunflowerlike flowers – plenty on the grass bed around
Deoriatal lake in Uttarakhand , Apr 2011.
Looks very common – but can not tag with proper id. 


Taraxacum officinale is a vasty weed here in North America 


Garden variety dandelion… now considered troublesome weed by most homemakers, the seeds were originally carried by the european lady ancestors of these same modern day homemakers, to be planted around their homesteading huts, as a supplemental green ..especially ..  a salad green, and they knew that its  roots are a lever detoxification herb par excel-lance.. and the leaves are now grown in California health conscious farms and sold across the country in green groceries… as salad or even bitter leaf vegetable to be boiled , salted eaten with toast and soup….  and dandelion rootsw are sold in some NYC green herbs stores… I personally love the taste in a salad of very tendre leaves, when the edges are still soft and roundish, before the dentation appears, esp if it comes from a non-poisoned lawn…. 


They are sold (leaves) in all major stores in California. The plant is very common in Kashmir, where we used to (in our childhood) harvest Rosettes of Taraxacum (along with Capsella bursa pastorisshephered’s purse; Cichorium intybus-chicory; Nasturtium officinale;  etc) and cook as prize vegetable mix. 


 

 

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Flora of Uttarakhand- Herb9 for Id- JM: Wild Herb captured on 13/8/10 during the trek from Ghangaria (around 11,000 ft.) to Hemkunt Sahib (around 14000 ft.).

Perhaps Ixeris polycephala


Not Ixeris. Could it be Taraxacum only, as I can’t see any cauline leaves.


Yes Taraxacum officinale


 

 

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Location – Roadside, on the way to Pahalgam from Srinagar
Habitat – Looks to be wild (Herb 8 to 10 inches tall)
Photo taken in June 2011.
Flower size 20 to 25 mm

Common Dandelion, a Herb / Weed present everywhere in the world. 
I have seen this in plenty in north Finnland and even auf Spitzbergen. I just don’t have any foto and can’t say if it was a variety of Dandelion. Wild, but leaves can be used to make salad, flower to make Jelly, Hmmm,
and petals dipped in spirit for a few days gives it a nice flavour and color.


 

 

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Flora-Australia 9: Akins of Dandelion.-F.-Asteraceae.


Taraxacum officinalis I suppose


blow on it lightly for spectacular pics….


It was a favourite game in our childhood. We would pluck gently and hold the fruit head in hand. Ask the other person whether he/she wants a turban or cap. If other person wants a turban we would blow gently so that only a few achenes fall off and it looks like a turban. If the other person opts for cap, we would blow hard so that all achenes fall off. If a few remain you have failed in your game and visa versa.


 

 

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Plant for ID 170911AMS2:  Also found in fields of kashmir….temperate region,,temperature 22-29degree


 

 

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Family: Asteraceae
Loc.: Daejeon. S. Korea
Date: 9th Oct. 2011.



 

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Wild Herb for ID : Pahalgam : 281011 : AK-1: Picture taken at Pahalgam on the 7th of Sept,11.

A small herb with a bright yellow flower growing in the grass, in the lawns of a public garden.
Is this Sonchus?


Yes dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)


 
Habitat: sloping meadow
Habit: low herb, long stalked flower(s) rising from rosette of leaves with peculiar margin


I think yes, … If we ignore numerous apomictic species described from Himalayas by few authors.


 

 

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VoF Week : Taraxacum officinale:  Name of species : Taraxacum officinale

Family : Asteraceae
Habit : Herb
Habitat : Hill slope, open forest
Date of click : 13th Aug`12
Location: Enroute to Ghanghariya , from Govind Ghat c. at height approx 2500 Mtrs .
Abundance : Single sighting.


I remember having observed this in Spiti valley Himalayas
5 AUG 12
Mana, near Sri Badrinathabout 10600 ft 


Good Shots … this was common on the way to Ghangriya…


Thank you very much, … and …
Somehow I missed seeing them on the Govind Ghat – Ghangaria trail … that keeps me wondering !


 

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VOF Week: Taraxacum officinale from the Trek: This one was present along the Ghanghariya-Gobind Ghat Trek…..


Yes … Good photographs.


 

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VoF Week: ID of the flower from Hemkund:  This yellow asteraceae was photographed at Hemkund on 15.08.2012. ID help please.


Taraxacum sp


Taraxacum officinale, nice pics 


 

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efloraofindia: For ID 271112SP6: Please help me to identify this flower.
Location – Chakrata.

Date: 10/10/2011
habitat : Wild


Taraxacum officinale


 

Sonchus arvensis ??? from Sikkim (Apr-09) Please confirm


Should be Taraxacum officinale….


 

 

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Asteraceae Week (Part I – Radiate heads) Sonchus asper ?? Attachments (2). 4 posts by 3 authors.
Sonchus asper ?? from Dulhousie (HP)


Should be Taraxacum officinale..


Yes Taraxacum officinale ..



Asteraceae Fortnight Part-3 is going to start today! So, here is one  common ligulate member of Asteraceae –the Dandelion.
Taraxacum officinale F.H.Wigg (Dandelion)

Date: 20th June, 2013

Place: Great Lakes Metra station, Illinois, US

Diagnostic features: The plant consists of a rosette of basal leaves; each head (capitulum) has about 150-200 yellow ray florets and no disk florets; the outer green bracts curve sharply downward from the heads; only a single head is produced from a hollow flowering stalk.
Hope this session will find many interesting and pending species of Asteraceae.


Thanks … for these beautiful pics and description, hope you will share more.. 

 

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Asteraceae Fortnight Part 3-Ligulate heads (plus Misc.): Taraxacum officinale?? at Hampta Pass :: PKA17: : Attachments (4). 2 posts by 2 authors. This was spotted en-route Hampta Pass (Manali Region).
I think this is Taraxacum officinale? Kindly validate..


Very good pics … and to me the id seems to be right..

 

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This Asteraceae herb was spotted en-route Hampta Pass (Manali region). These are the only photographs available in my collection.


Should be Taraxacum officinale in my opinion..


 

 

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Taraxacum officinale F. H. Wigg.
ta-RAKS-uh-kum — medieval name for bitter herbDave’s Botanary
oh-fiss-ih-NAH-lee — official – used in pharmacological senseDave’s Botanary
commonly known as: common dandelion • Bengali: pitachumki • Gujarati: પાથરડી pathardi • Hindi: दुधेरी dudheri, दुग्धफेनी dugdhapheni, कर्णफूल karnaphul • Kannada: ಕಾಡು ಸೇವನ್ತಿ kadu sevanti • Malayalam: ദുഗ്ധഫേനി dugdhapheni • Marathi: उंदरकानी undarkani • Nepali: टुकी फूल tuki phul • Punjabi: ਦੂਦਲ dudal, ਰਦਮ radam • Sanskrit: दुग्धफेनी dugdhapheni, लूतारि lutari • Telugu: పత్రి patri
Native to: Eurasia; naturalized world-wide
References: Flowers of IndiaWikipediaNPGS / GRINENVIS – FRLHT
at Mana, Badrinathpuri on 05 AUG 12


 

 

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Taraxacum officinale from Dollhouse (Dec-09)


Yes, this is, thanks …


 

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ASTERACEAE Fortnight Part 3-Ligulate Heads : Sonchus arvensis (NSJ-05) : Attachments (1). 3 posts by 2 authors. 

Sonchus arvensis from Sikkim. (Apr 09) Only photo available.


Taraxacum officinale instead..

Found this tiny flower in the grass on 18/11/2010 at Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka.

Id please.


Could this be Taraxacum officinale?
Just a guess.


Yes, this can be not a vague guess..


 

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Taraxacum officinale Weber is one of the most common species of Asteraceae in Temperate and Alpine zones in Uttarakhand. It reaches up to 4500m altitude in the state. Here photographed near Naini Tal.


Attached are pictures of Taraxacum officinale captured at California, USA in May 2013
Requested to please confirm ID.

Taraxacum officinale a very common species in Kashmir in parks, mountain slopes, meadows and forests with basal rosette of leaves and single head on leafless stalk (scape).
Photographed from Kashmir,


 

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These pics were recorded from Chakrata and Shimla..Taraxacum officinale.. the dandelion..


These shots were taken from GG-Ghanghariya Trek last year.. Taraxacum officinale

 

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compositae weed for ID 15072013 CS1 : Attachments (1). 3 posts by 2 authors. 
This yellow flowering weed was widespread on the lawns of the Convention centre at Srinagar, Kashmir. Please help in ID

Taraxacum officinalis the commonest weed in Kashmir.


 

 

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Wild Plant For ID : Asteraceae : California : 12NOV14 : AK-26 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Small wild plant seen in the Golden Gate Park on 30/9/14.

Single yellow flower.
Could be Sonchus Species?


not a wild plant, though considered a weed by lawn lovers…
but people who really know their plants, health and food, love ’em…

its naturalized from home gardens grown by pioneer immigrant ladies who brought the seeds over from europe and then proceeded to migrate westward  in their wagon trains, and they planted these in their gardens,, all along their trails

good salad and green cooked vegetable, then and now…

comes up everywhere in USA in all lawns no matter how much one wants to remove them…

their seed heads can be much fun to watch as a slight breeze makes them sail away… used to be photography challenge in the 70s when strobe like lights were not household word… now every tom dick and harry can take fantastic pictures with a little patience to find the mature seed heads, search google and you’ll find them…

its DandelionTaraxacum officinale 

if you pay attention next time you are in usa you’ll find dandelion greens ..grown commercially in large bundles in upscale supermarkets, and organic stores

use like spinach

good source of many vital nutrients

dandelion roots are a herbal medicine for liver.

well… phew too much writing


 

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Wild Plant For ID : California : 06JAN15 : AK-1 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Wild plant seen growing in a field in Fremont on 28/9/14.

Seems to be from Asteraceae family.


Dandelion
I thought we had a done a long conversation
so now you will be able to label all your dandelions from usa and europe and even muscat oman etc

even in n w india if you encounter them


Thanks for the id. Yes, now I remember.

Taraxacum officinale ABAPR01/30 : 16 posts by 6 authors. 2 images.

The dandelions are displaying their wispy puffballs. While researching for information on their seed dispersal I came across some interesting info on them. Here are some photos and facts;
Taraxacum officinale
Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
1800m
27 April 2015
Different types of insects pollinate dandelion. Yellow flower turns into puff ball that consists of large number of fruits called achenes. Seed of dandelion has disk-like extension that acts like a parachute and facilitates dispersal by wind.
Seed can travel 5 miles before it finally reaches the ground.
Dandelion resembles sun, moon and stars during the certain parts of its life cycle. Yellow flower looks like sun, spherical head with seeds looks like moon while dispersing seeds look like stars.
Name dandelion originates from French words “dent de lion” which mean lion’s tooth. This name is given because of deeply toothed leaves of dandelion.

Very Informative Post. Liked it. Thanks for sharing.


wonderful, …, now you have shown us the SUN and the MOON pictures… As to the stars it take a few experiments with your equipment and helpers,

if you want to try this … if there are many many of these seedheads around

get some black background or dark background behind one of the deed  head

set you camera on a tripod or one of those gorrilla gizmos, to get closer to the ground

set shutter to 1/60 th sec or so (experiment// several speeds )

lightly blow on the deed head from the left while you release the shutter

you’ll get your star pictures…

I have tried with hair dryer to blow air but that’s too fast. and haphazard dispersal.
strong lungs is a better option

google images for a search “dandelion fruits flying”  will show you what to expect …

and may be make you impatient to try it out..


One of our favourite chilhood pastime. The plant is very common in Kashmir. In addition to harvesting leaf rosettes for vegetable (In California markets they are sold in stores) we used to play with fruit heads Topi vs turban. By holding a full head in hand we would ask another child to choose (if his choice results he/she wins, otherwise I win). If other person opts for turban, we would blow heavily on head to dislodge all fruits, if she/he opts for cap we would blow partially to dislodge only a few fruits so that it looks like a turban


This is lovely, … Thank you very much for sharing it.
How were the leaves used as a vegetable? Cooked or raw in a salad?


We used to cook it as a vegetable along with leaf rosettes of Cichorium and Capsella

In West it is used as green salad, cooked in soups
Roots as substitute of coffee like Cichorium
It is also used as medicine to increase urine production and decrease swellings, and other remedies.


Wonderful story …
yes even some green grocers carry the dandelion and parsley roots.. good for the liver and kideny, eaten  in soups., they tend to be a bit bitterish.  Not as affective or prized as Burdock roots, still these are readily available and eaten.

Dandelion leaf rosette as it first appears is tender and can be eaten raw. in salads

You could just pick some  roots and all
roots are nutritious too

but what we get in green groceries in the usa  are big often as big as 10 to 12 inches long

wash  cut up  and saute quickly like you would bok choy or very tender mustard green shoots

add some garlic to oil sometimes

thai cooking adds salt and black pepper too…

I wish we would develop a horticulture fashion of sorts to plant and sell dandelion leaves in india, it has more calcium then milk, more iron than spinach oz per ounce, and list is long …   ASHWINI could you collect several hundred seeds, now??  if you do, dry in a cup with fabric over it for 3 or 4 days  in a cool place and then put in a thick envelope and in side a folded aluminium foil cover … not plastic bags…

Dandelion  was brought to usa by migrating housewives and they planted the seeds around their homesteads where ever they stopped for a season or two on their way to the golden california

that’s how an eurasian plant got to usa and now people consider it a bad weed

and pseudo – beauty minded folks have poisoned the land and the aquifer with strong/stronger weed killers…

enjoy them while you have them


Thank you … I am going to give it a try and report back.


I will try and do so tomorrow. Shall I just collect the whole wispy heads or break them by blowing on them first?


if you blow on them they’ll fly and you’ll never catch them

blow for photos of the “stars”

but to collect seeds

break the seed head, preferably carrying a large envelope with its mouth wide open, bend the head’s stalk in to the envelope and break/cut  it off, let it fall into the envelope, then the fallen seeds would be in your envelope,  bring the seed heads in, and let them dry whole, the little pappus will fall off slowly  and not fly off, then store as above

Thank you … The weather has been stormy since this afternoon and  I am wondering if I am likely to find any intact heads tomorrow. Will report when I do find them.


that’s ok
go with the flow

mother nature will disperse the seeds and may be next warm season (which is coming) will have thousands more to watch, eat and collect.


Dandelions are already out. Warm winters this season is causing several wild flowers to bloom before their natural flowering time. I brought a flower/leaf home yesterday to make close up photographs to show individual florets. Attachments (8)

SK1070 06 APR-2018 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (9)- around 800 kb each. 
Location:  Nagarkot, Nepal  
Date: 2 April 2018
Altitude: 6600 ft.
Habit: Wild
Does not look like matching with Taraxacum officinale, does it ?

I think it should be, yes Taraxacum officinale.. 

Thank you …! Nepali Names : टुकी फूल Tukee Phool / दुधे झार Dudhe Jhaar  / कर्णफुलि Karnaphuli  / फुली झार Phulee Jhaar / टुक्नु Tuknu


 

 

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on the way from Kargil to Kashmir September, 2007; During Sar Pass Trek on 11/5/07 in Himachal; in Ooty- 03 Jan 2010; in Avalanche- Kunda Forest Reserve-Mukurthi National Park- 13.5.10; Shalimar garden on June 17 and Botanical garden on June 26, 2010; Chamoli, Uttarakhand, around 10-11,000ft asl- Sept’10?;    For ID 300709ET – indiantreepix | Google Groups
 


 
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Taraxacum officinale (L.) Weber ex F.H.Wigg. ?? : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6)- around 700 kb each. 

Location: Sandakphu, India
Date: 13 May 2018
Altitude: 12000 ft.
Habit : Wild


To me also appear close to images at Taraxacum officinale 


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