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Taraxacum erythrospermum  Besser
Red-seeded dandelion
Taraxacum erythrospermum is a perennial herb that is not native to California.
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Genus: Taraxacum
Family: Asteraceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF

Alternate Names:
JEFTaraxacum laevigatum var. erythrospermum
JEFTaraxacum officinale var. erythrospermum
Information about  Taraxacum erythrospermum from other sources

[Wikipedia] Description, Range, Introduced plant: Taraxacum erythrospermum, known by the common name red-seeded dandelion, is a species of dandelion introduced to much of North America,[1] but most commonly in the north.[2] It is often considered as a variety of Taraxacum laevigatum (i.e., Taraxacum laevigatum var. erythrospermum).[3] In many characteristics, it is similar to the common dandelion, Taraxacum officinale. Description This species is very similar to, and often mistaken for, the common dandelion, Taraxacum officinale. It most readily differs by its reddish-brown seed bases, unlike the more olive colored seeds of T. officinale. The red-seeded dandelion can also be identified by its leaves, which have consistently triangular lobes throughout, whereas T. officinale tends to have erratic lobing with minimal or no triangular form. The leaves of T. erythrospermum thus bear a closer resemblance to the basal leaves of sow thistles (Sonchus oleraceus). (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 05/25/2024).