Sonchus brachyotus DC., Prodr. 7(1): 186 (1838) (syn: Sonchus arenicola Vorosch.; Sonchus arvensis subsp. arenicola (Vorosch.) Vorosch.; Sonchus arvensis var. glaber Haines; Sonchus brachyotus var. potaninii Tzvelev; Sonchus cavaleriei H.Lév.; Sonchus chinensis Fisch.; Sonchus fauriei H.Lév. & Vaniot; Sonchus shzucinianus Turcz. ex Herder; Sonchus taquetii H.Lév.; Sonchus wightianus var. glaber (Haines) H.O.Saxena & Brahmam);
Central Asia to Japan and N. India: Assam, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, East Himalaya, India, Inner Mongolia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Korea, Kuril Is., Manchuria, Mongolia, Primorye, Qinghai, Sakhalin, Thailand, Tibet, West Himalaya, Xinjiang as per POWO;


Taraxacum species for confirmation 290412MK01: Please help to identify this herb. Is this Taraxacum officinale? the peduncle is longer (2.5 feet) here. The head inflorescence measures c. 5cm across.

Location: Ooty town, Nilgiris
Date: 14 Sep 2011

Altitude: 2100 m ASL

Taraxacum does have an leafy branched stem. There is a single head on scape.

This one appears Sonchus arvensis to me.

Pasting the link of my uploads where … identified this species – efi thread

Hope it will help you to compare, specially the fourth image of the leaves.

This seems to be a good candidate for being S. brachyotus, peduncle is glabrous, few hairs (not glandular) on phyllaries.

VOF Week: Asteraceae sp at Joshimath: ID requested for this Asteraceae sp.
Location: Near Joshimath.

Sonchus arvensis

Another candidate for S. brachyotus.- from … as per Asteraceae Fortnight Part 3-Ligulate heads (plus Misc.): Sonchus arvensis at Joshimath :: PKA14


Sonchus arvensis
Location: Near Joshimath.

Common in Northern plains and now reaching to high hills of Himalaya.
Flowers heads are yet to open.

Another candidate for S. brachyotus.

Sonchus asper (L.) Hill ?? Since it has got many variations on leaf shape ?



References: POWO  Catalogue of Life  The Plant List Ver.1.1  GCC  Flora of China  FOC illustration  Flora of peninsular India India Biodiversity Portal  Wikipedia  Useful Tropical Plants

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