Taraxacum lepidum M.P.Christ. “Pruinose-bracted Dandelion”
- Taraxacum subpraticola G.E.Haglund
Native. Widespread and locally frequent in England and Wales, although commoner in the west; a few Scottish records north to the southern Highlands. Mostly in shady places, wood margins, hedge banks, shaded verges, walls, gardens etc.
A medium-sized dandelion with ascending, dark green, matt leaves. Petioles white to green, dentate-winged. Mid-ribs whitish. Leaf side-lobes 4-5, recurved, dentate on the somewhat convex distal margin with several rather large teeth. Leaf end-lobe obtuse-triangular, more or less homophyllous. Involucres rather small, dark. Exterior bracts narrow, <3 mm wide, recurved-reflexed. Capitula rather dark yellow, 40-45 mm diameter and convex when expended. A rather characterless species, best known for its dark green, recurved, dentate lobes and small dark heads. T. pannulatiforme is more robust, paler and with larger flowering heads.