Taraxacum exacutum Markl. “Imbricate-bracted Dandelion”
- Taraxacum spilophyllum sensu A.J.Richards, pro parte, non Dahlst.
Probably native. Widespread and locally common through much of Britain, but scarce in northern Scotland. Waste places, gardens, verges, walls etc. Tends to be more frequent in urban areas such as Glasgow and London.
T. exacutum has narrow unwinged petioles which are usually uniformly pink; if the outers seem whitish it might be mistaken for Group Acutifida. The rather uniform (homophyllous) leaf end-lobes are characteristically sharply acuminate, as are most side-lobes. The exterior bracts are green, bordered, acuminate and recurved. Capitula are rather small, the ligules with brown stripes and reddish teeth.