Taraxacum aequilobum Dahlst. “Twisted-bracted Dandelion”
Native. Common and widespread through much of the British Isles in a variety of ruderal habitats, scarcer in SE England.
T. aequilobum is a variable and often confusing species, but is easily diagnosed by exterior bracts which are twisted sideways. Petioles are winged, the inners pink and outers usually whitish, and the capitula wide, to 60 mm when fully open. Leaves are multilobate and the side-lobe distal margins sigmoid. Heterophyllous, the later leaves often producing a large rounded end-lobe.