Taraxacum latisectum H.Lindb. “Broad-lobed Dandelion”
Introduced. Locally frequent from South Wales to North-east England, apparently absent from the south-west, and from almost all of Ireland and Scotland, and scarce in southern England. Verges, gardens, waste ground, pavements etc.
T. latisectum is a medium-sized species with ascending leaves. It has winged petioles which are white on outer leaves and pink on inners. The leaves are a mid green and oblong in shape. The end-lobes are mostly homophyllous, short, more or less rounded, slightly cucullate, and typically shallowly subdivided with a rounded lobule on one side. Exterior bracts are neatly arranged, rather short, proximally oblong, greyish above, and proximally patent, but more recurved distally. The capitula are rather small and rounded when fully expanded. Compare T. pannulatum which has less oblong leaves with more side-lobes.