Fall Dandelion (Leontodon autumnalis)

Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) 

Fall Dandelion (Leontodon autumnalis) is a plant in the Aster Family (Asteraceae) and order Asterales. The flower heads look very much like the Common Dandelion but are smaller, typically about an inch (2.5 centimeters) in diameter. However, the Fall Dandelion blooms in late summer, the flower stalk is thinner than the stalk of the Common Dandelion and there are usually two or more flower heads per stem as seen in the photograph above. The flower heads consist of numerous ray flowers that can be easily mistaken for the flowers of the Mouse-ear Hawkweed. This plant flowers from late July to October.

Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) Leaves

The leaves help differentiate this dandelion from other similar plants. As seen in the photograph above, the leaves are very long, ragged and narrow with very prominent teeth. They are basal, whorled and often hidden by other flowering plants or grasses.

The fruit is a brown seed, which is the primary means of propagation.

The root system is simple.

This plant is very common in late summer and during the fall around French Hill Pond

 

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