Taraxacum longisquameum H.Lindb. “Elongate-bracted Dandelion”
- Taraxacum latispina Dahlst.
- Taraxacum adsimile Dahlst.
- Taraxacum mucronatum sensu A.J.Richards et auct., non H.Lindb.
Native. Generally distributed in Britain, although with a strong coastal bias. Typical of sandy, well-drained soils, often in the more nutrient-rich parts of sand-dunes, also heaths and calcareous soils. Also found in weedy sites, e.g. wall mortar.
Leaves have petioles irregularly winged, red and black blotching to the crisped and dentate interlobes. The side-lobes are recurved and dentate distally, and the end-lobe is rather long, sagittate, and often subdivided to some extent. The exterior bracts are rather narrow, recurved, bordered and usually with some pinkish suffusion. The stigmas remain yellowish in a dried condition, and this species can be confused with T. xanthostigma, in which the leaves are more heterophyllous.