Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Red-seeded Dandelion - Taraxacum erythrospermum   Andrzejowski ex Besser
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AuthorAndrzejowski ex Besser
DistributionMostly in the Mountains and Piedmont; scarce in the Coastal Plain. First collected in 1932 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Little Switzerland, Mitchell County.

Native of Eurasia; in N.A. throughout, except FL, LA, NV.
AbundanceUncommon in the Mountains and Piedmont, rare in the Coastal Plain. No doubt overlooked as Common Dandelion (T. officinale) and will be found in many other counties, as the range is nearly statewide and the gaps make no biological sense, other than rare to absent in the southern Coastal Plain.
HabitatLawns primarily, also roadsides, edge of parking lot, railroad margins, abandoned golf course, fields, along trail through floodplain.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting essentially throughout the year.
IdentificationThis species is very similar to Common Dandelion and is easily passed over as that abundant weed, but the leaves are more deeply cut and the segments are narrower on average. The mature seeds are red or purplish (vs. brown or tan in Common Dandelion).
Taxonomic CommentsA synonym is T. laevigatum.

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