Taraxacum officinale agg.
Vascular – Exotic
Dicotyledonous Herbs - Composites
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A very common herb of grassland, cultivated ground, and lawns.
Dandelion typically forms a prostrate to mounding rosette, and usually wider than tall. Foliage is dark green, deeply lobed, and hairless. Each flower head is composed of many small yellow ray flowers. Seed are attached to a pappus which facilitates wind dispersal.
taraxacum: From the Greek ‘taraxos’ (disorder), and ‘akos’ (remedy), referring to medical qualities.
officinale: From the Latin officina shortened from opificina which originally meant ‘workshop’ but later came to mean a monastic storeroom, herb-room or pharmacy. Refers to the plant’s medicinal value.