Taraxacum fasciatum Dahlst. “Dense-bracted Dandelion”
- Taraxacum sublatissimum Dahlst.
Native. Generally distributed through Britain. Locally frequent, but less common than formerly in much of England. Waste places, rough grassland, lane banks.
Like all members of the Maculata group, T. fasciatum has a combination of red petioles with green wings and heavy tar-marking particularly at the interlobes. The leaves are a rather dark shiny green and heterophyllous, the outers with small triangular endlobes, but these are large and helmet-shaped on inners. The exterior bracts are short, broad, sigmoid, pale-pruinose and neatly arranged. It can be confused with T. xanthostigma which has longer more recurved bracts and yellow stigmas when dry.