Taraxacum stereodes Ekman ex G.E.Haglund “Hairy-stalked Dandelion”
Introduced. Scattered throughout much of Britain, but most records concentrated in south Wales and the west Midlands. Waste places, verges, paths etc..
A low-growing plant forming multileaved rosettes of prostrate to ascending narrowly lanceolate hairy leaves. Petioles rather short, dentate-winged, white on outer leaves, reddish on inner leaves; mid-ribs often reddish throughout on upper surface, hairy. Lateral leaf-lobes 5-7, short, recurved, triangular, acute, often with a single large tooth or double-lobed. Leaf end-lobe triangular, acute, homophyllous. Scapes semi-prostrate, with a heavy silver pellicle of hairs which erodes away with time. Exterior bracts rather narrow, <3/5 mm wide, lanceolate, straight, somewhat deflexed, becoming reflexed, pale green sometimes tipped purple. Capitulum 40 mm diameter. Closely resembling the much more common T. angustisquameum in many ways, but much more hairy throughout and with very distinctive silvery-hairy scapes when young. Unlike T. angustisquameum, the bracts are straight, not curved.