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The flat form from cattle grassed fields and lawns.


Lot of flowers on each plant.


A higher form. Can get even higher when in the shadows.


Close-up of seeds.

Author:  Franz von Paula von Schrank, 1786
Family:  ASTERACEAE
Origin:  Albania, Altay, Austria, Azores, Baleares, Baltic States, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Buryatiya, Canary Islands, Corse, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Finland, France, Føroyar, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon-Syria, Madeira, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Sicilia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Transcaucasus, Turkey, Ukraine, West Siberia, Yugoslavia
Soil:  Anything
Water:  Minimum - Maximum
Sun:  Minimum - Maximum
Thickness:  3,5 centimetres
Height:  30 centimetres
Flower:  Bright Yellow
Propagate:  Seeds/Roots
Names:  Løvetand, Fandens Mælkebøtte
Synonyms:  Chondrilla taraxacum, Stokes.
Crepis taraxacum,
Stokes.
Leontodon officinalis,
J.F.Gmel.
Leontodon taraxacum,
L.
Leontodon taraxacum
var. vulgare, Benth.
Leontodon vulgaris,
Lam.
Taraxacum dens-leonis,
Desf.
Taraxacum officinale,
F.H.Wigg.
Taraxacum officinale
subsp. vulgare, Schinz & R.Keller.
Taraxacum palustre
var. vulgare, Fernald
Taraxacum taraxacum,
H.Karst.
Taraxacum vulgare,
Schrank.

The member of the Asteraceae family was given this name by Franz von Paula von Schrank in 1786. It is (now) found all around the world in the temperate areas. It can grow in almost everything with some to lots of water and little to plenty of sum. The deep tap-root will get up to 3,5 centimetres in diameter, the leafs up to 30 centimetres or even up to one meter, when keep in the shadows. When kept in a grassing area or a lawn, the flowers stays down in one centimetre. In the shadows, they can get two meters high! It can (very easy!) be reproduced by the air-bourn seeds but also by root-cuttings.

The genera name derives possibly from the Arabic Tharakhchakon, or from the Greek Tarraxos. The species name means 'common'.

Some may argue it is not a caudiciform, but I'm sure it would be in many collections, if it was rare or extinct in the wild. In general, I have avoided rare plants in my collection, if I could get common caudiciform members of the same family.


Spread around the world.


Close-up of flower.