Taraxacum pruinatum M.P.Christ.

Bot. Tiddskr. 66: 90 (1971)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Excluded

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Leaves lanceolate, 12–18 cm long, 2–3 cm wide, grey-green, glabrous; lateral lobes in 3 or 4 pairs, hook-shaped; distal margins plane to minutely dentate, proximal margins plane, not incised cloes to the midrib and thus with broad interlobe areas; terminal lobe rounded-triangular, the margins plane or rarely with one or two teeth; petiole sparsely striated red on green below, grading to green above, unwinged; midrib green. Scapes to c. 15 cm long at anthesis, 15–35 cm long in fruit, woolly in bud, glabrous at maturity except just under the capitulum, entirely pale red. Capitulum c. 3 cm diam., outer involucral bracts 8–10 mm long, c. 2 mm wide, very narrowly white-bordered, hair-fringed, apices dark, not callosed, innermost involucral bracts linear, 12 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, not callosed. Outer florets with a flat ligule exceeding the involucre by 3–5 mm, anthers with pollen; stigmas greenish-yellow. Achenes fusiform to turbinate 3–3.5 mm long, 1 mm wide with straight spines less than 0.3 mm long at the apex, smooth or verrucate to the base, light brown; cone 0.7 to 0.8 mm long; beak 10–11 mm long. Pappus 8–9 mm long. Flowers and fruits Sep.–Apr.

 Widespread in central Europe. Known in Australia from only one location in semi-natural grassland on basaltic terrain near Donnybrook (outer northern Melbourne suburb).

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2019-08-29
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
Higher taxa