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2024 Dandelions - March April May

Updated: Jun 18

All records verified by A. J. Richards


Species Index

Date Index

The season started on the 14th March for me



14th March 2024 VC23 Arncott

Taraxacum trilobatum

SP6110 1801

VC23 Arncott

Locn. Grassy Roadside (Unmown)


Wide purple petioles with wide wings, hairy, blotched dirty green leaves with large teeth. Terminal lobes with lingulate tip. Bracts long and narrow.


Taraxacum angustisquameum

SP6100 1812

VC23 Arncott

Locn. Grassy Roadside (Unmown)


Small and prostrate with small narrow spreading / clawed bracts, dark green some blotching, short acute terminal lobes, deltoid.


Taraxacum subhamatum

SP6073 1829

VC23 Arncott

Locn. Grassy Roadside (Unmown)


Robust, unbordered bracts and extenuate pointy tips to the leaves. Doesn’t seem to have any colour to the ligule tips?


Taraxacum sellandii

SP6094 1820 

VC23 Arncott

Locn. Grassy Roadside (Unmown)


Those hooked lower lobes with big teeth and wide triangular terminal lobes suggest sellandii to me. Young bracts not classic



Taraxacum cophocentrum

SP6112 1797

VC23 Arncott

Locn. Grassy Roadside (Unmown)


These leaves were around in February. Bracts aren’t classic


16th March 2024 VC9 Dorset

Taraxacum britannicum

SZ0277 7915

VC9 Swanage

Pavement edge


Ligule stripes brown with blackish ends, dark stigmas. Narrow edge to bracts.


Taraxacum cornubiense

SZ 0287 7916

VC9 Swanage

Under hedgerows


There were some pale plants and mid green plants – I put this down to age / soil condition. I was expecting more red on the stripes and ligule tips but none of them seemed to have that – ligule stripes were brown so perhaps that comes with age. Achenes had cones and bracts spreading / arcuate rather than erect.

Petioles green and midribs purple threaded


Taraxacum leucopodum

SZ 0286 7916

VC9 Swanage

Under hedgerows


I found this species in quite a few places. It had remarkably long twisted, multidirectional, interwoven bracts. The petioles were white with long broad wings, green midribs.

The leaves were bright green, highly crisped and lateral leaf lobes multidirectional, toothed and lecerate and some with linear processes that expanded at the end

Terminal lobes were also pretty much heterphyllous with long lingulate tip


Taraxacum lamprophyllum

SZ 0305 7920

VC9 Swanage

Unmown park


Large bordered bracts


Taraxacum hamiferum

SZ 0300 7921

VC9 Swanage

Unmown park

Small Hamata with very hooked regular lobes 'Wing-nuts' and clearly bordered bracts


Taraxacum hamatum

SZ 0270 7899

VC9 Swanage

Pavement edge


Unbordered erect spreading bracts


17th March 2024 VC5 Somerset

Taraxacum stenacrum (no pollen)

ST47320 18323

VC5 Stoke-sub-Hamdon

Garage forecourt grassy area


Section Stenacra with no pollen but could be due to the weather


Taraxacum atrocollinum

ST 2466 1595

VC5 Staple Hill Car Park and lots around this area


Pollen plentiful, dark styles, 3-4 lateral lobes, glabrous.

Long ovate narrowly bordered bracts

Ligule stripes pale grey lower, brown distal


Taraxacum marklundii

ST 2465 1596

VC5 Staple Hill Car Park


Taraxacum subhamatum

ST 2463 1598

VC5 Staple Hill Car Park



Interlobes blotched and narrow lobes seem bordered


Taraxacum acutifrons

ST 2466 1600

VC5 Staple Hill Car Park



Buds looked Hamata but has smudged midrib edges and green/white petioles


Taraxacum amicorum

ST 2352 2444

VC5 Taunton Churchyard



Frequent in this churchyard and along the pavement!


Taraxacum sahlinianum

ST 2354 2446

VC5 Taunton Churchyard


A young plant


22nd March 2024 VC23 Arncott & Ambrosden

Taraxacum coartatum 

SP 6114 1797

VC23 Arncott 

Roadside verge 


Reddish tips to inner florets and inner petioles pink 

 

Taraxacum intumescens 

SP 610 180

VC23 Arncott 

Roadside verge 



 

Taraxacum insigne 

SP 6110 1802

VC23 Arncott 

Roadside verge 



Taraxacum planum

SP 6099 1812

VC23 Arncott 

Pavement edge 


Mid-dark green leaves and the lobes are quite extreme

 

Taraxacum sublaeticolor 

SP 6098 1815

VC23 Arncott 

Pavement edge 



Group Alatum with some forward pointing lobes, narrow winged petioles and a single subdivision in end lobe. 

 

Taraxacum longisquameum 

SP 6092 1824

VC23 Arncott 

Pavement edge 



Sagittate lobes  

 

Taraxacum dilaceratum 

SP 6084 1832

VC23 Arncott 

Pavement edge 


Humped and lobe doubling – only a little hairy. Prostrate rosette 

 

Taraxacum aequilobum 

SP 6054 1919

22/3/2024 

VC23 Ambrosden 

Roadside verge 



Twisted bracts 



23rd March 2024 VC23 Bicester

Taraxacum horridifrons

SP 5718 2117

VC23 Bicester Village Park & Ride

Unmown roadside verge



Broad Alata lobes and hairy leaves. Some lobes are doubled


Taraxacum pannulatiforme

SP 5719 2118

VC23 Bicester Village Park & Ride

Unmown roadside verge



Dark green, no colour in petioles, crisped slight blotching to interlobes


Taraxacum boekmanii

SP 5719 2118

VC23 Bicester Village Park & Ride

Unmown roadside verge


Possibly the most numerous species at this location still a lot of young plants


Taraxacum acutifrons

SP 5720 2119

VC23 Bicester Village Park & Ride

Unmown roadside verge



Can look mid green. Bracts are triangular green above (not pruinose) – really distinctive. Distant lateral lobes with broad / humped base to long narrow processes – acute tip. Crisped blotched interlobes. Terminal lobe long / pointed lingulate with some subdivision. Long green winged petioles


Taraxacum interveniens

SP 5720 2120

VC23 Bicester Village Park & Ride

Unmown roadside verge


Onion spire lobes - Noticing this is quite an early species.


Taraxacum sublongisquameum

SP 5720 2119

VC23 Bicester Village Park & Ride

Unmown roadside verge


Those incredible bracts and sagittate lobes



27th March 2024 VC23 Bicester

Taraxacum undulatiflorum

SP 5911 2118

VC23 Bicester Graven Hill Roundabout

Grassy verge



Similar to T chloroticum but lateral lobes not pointed enough


Taraxacum spiculatum

SP 5911 2119

VC23 Bicester Graven Hill Roundabout

Grassy verge


Its Hamata


Taraxacum densilobum

SP 5914 2117

VC23 Bicester Graven Hill Roundabout

Grassy verge



There were two adjacent plants - this is the better one


Taraxacum hamatiforme

SP 5914 2117

VC23 Bicester Graven Hill Roundabout

Grassy verge

Bright purple midrib and petioles. Distant narrow shiny lateral lobes cut to the midrib


30th March 2024 VC34 Bristol

Went over to Bristol for a few hours and met up with Dylan Peters.

Everything was very well grown here. Maybe go mid March next year


Taraxacum incisum

ST 5614 7448

VC34 Bristol


Roadside grassy verge


Taraxacum pallidipes

ST 5615 7446

VC34 Bristol

Roadside grassy verge



No bract borders and no colour to petioles

Sagittate lobes and spreading narrow bracts


Taraxacum huelphersianum

ST 5613 7448

VC34 Bristol

Roadside grassy verge


Broad stellate dumpy bracts and ‘Poirot moustache’ lobes. Erect plant


Taraxacum speciosiflorum

ST 6105 7523

VC34 Bristol

Tesco carpark


Not quite right for T hepaticum. Jagged occasional indents to broad terminal lobes first caught my eye. Bordered bracts

No pollen!!! There was quite a large group of plants here


Taraxacum lingulatum

ST 6125 7524

VC34 Bristol

Edge of Park – unmown


Pale green reflexed bracts, unblotched interlobes, purple tinted midribs and pale petioles


Taraxacum longisquameum

ST 6126 7524

VC34 Bristol

Edge of Park – unmown


Small mid/dark green decumbent plant


Taraxacum subexpallidum

ST 61264 75243

30/03/2024

VC34 Bristol

Edge of Park – unmown


Sub-divided end lobes and greenish unwinged petioles and sigmoid bracts


Taraxacum amplum

ST 61336 75211

30/03/2024

VC34 Bristol

Edge of Park – unmown



Distinctly winged petioles. Bordered reflexed bracts very distinctive


Taraxacum multicolorans

ST 5897 7663 

VC34 Bristol

Roadside verge ‘nature reserve’


Dylan took me to see this splendid plant. A few others growing there.


1st April 2024 VC23 Bicester

Taraxacum huelphersianum

SP 6110 1796

VC23 Arncott


Edge of my driveway! and a VC23 tick for me

Been watching this for a while

 

4th April 2024 VC23 Bicester

Taraxacum exacutum

SP 5891 2089

VC23 Bicester - Graven Hill



Edge of pavement

Got excited about this being T mimulum but bracts broad stellate and end lobes more sagittate than diamond

 

7th April 2024 VC28 Norfolk

Taraxacum oxoniense

TF 8908 4489

VC28 Holkham beach sand dunes


Edge of sandy track

I’d forgotten how big and striking these can get. This was typical of the plants in the dunes and probably the most frequent species


Taraxacum lacistophyllum

TF 8908 4492

VC28 Holkham beach sand dunes

Edge of sandy track


Classic shaped leaf with long ligules and curled bracts.


Taraxacum fulviforme

TF 8908 4492

VC28 Holkham beach sand dunes


Edge of sandy track

No Pollen. Spade shaped terminal (acute subdivision) lobes with 3-4 lobes. Bracts spreading with fine border.

Lateral lobes hooked back with acute tips – entire. Narrow green petiole unwinged (narrow parallel wing) some pink


Taraxacum lambinonii

 TF 8904 4501

VC28 Holkham beach sand dunes

Sand dune grass


This was a common form on the dunes with a more neutral purple / pink petiole and reflexed lateral lobes. No pollen, obtuse tips to lateral lobes


Taraxacum inopinatum

TF 8910 4508

VC28 Holkham beach sand dunes

Sand dune grass


Nice to find this. About 5 plants in front of a rabbit burrow. No pollen


Taraxacum brachyglossum

TF 8910 4508

VC28 Holkham beach sand dunes


Sand dune grass

Next to the inopinatum several rosettes. Lovely to see these perfect plants with their purple arched /recurved bracts and delicate symmetrical dark green leaves. Normally stunted


Taraxacum fulvum

TF 89111 45125

VC28 Holkham beach sand dunes

Sand dune grass


No pollen. Several plants, bracts unbordered and erect / spreading. Stigmas very dark and brownish ligule stripes. Not typical


Taraxacum lambinonii

TF 8911 4512

VC28 Holkham beach sand dunes


Sand dune grass

Narrower patent lobes. No pollen


Taraxacum falcatum

TF 8911 4512

VC28 Holkham beach sand dunes


Sand dune grass

Lateral lobes very long and curled – narrow then thicken. Some double lobing. Petioles green, short unwinged. Some terminal lobes triangular

" 'British falcatum' Danish stuff has coloured petioles but it is v similar. Look in Sandmaskrosor" AJR pers com.


12th April 2014  VC23 Wendlebury Mead

 

Taraxacum subbracteatum

SP 5636 1747 

VC23 Nr Wendlebury 

Species rich ridge/furrow meadow 

Lobe doubling and unbordered bracts

 

Taraxacum subundulatum

SP 5640 1765 

VC23 Wendlebury Mead 

Species rich water meadow 


A Mead species 

 

Taraxacum oellgaardii 

SP 5640 1765 

VC23 Wendlebury Mead 

Species rich water meadow 



A typical example  

 

Taraxacum marklundii 

SP 5640 1765 

VC23 Wendlebury Mead 

Species rich water meadow 



This is the ‘common’ unbordered Hamata in the meadow. Dull bluish green leaves with dentate distal edge 

 

Taraxacum fulgidum 

SP 564 176 

VC23 Wendlebury Mead 

Species rich water meadow 

Typical ‘good’ plant – had to be photograped. Numerous in the meadow. I like the way it always has one bract that stays erect, bluish leaves and muscly lobes. 

What I’m seeing is that the later leaves tend to develop more of a rounded end lobe and deeper purple petioles 

 

Taraxacum bracteatum 

SP 5643 1767 

VC23 Wendlebury Mead 

Species rich water meadow 



Erect bracts and dark green leaves with broad triangular lateral lobes. I don’t think I’ve recorded bracteatum here  

 

Taraxacum excellens 

SP 5643 1767 

VC23 Wendlebury Mead 

Species rich water meadow 


End lobe is triangular

 

Taraxacum diastematicum

SP 5646 1766 

VC23 Wendlebury Mead 

Species rich water meadow 


Long , pinkish and recurved bracts. Purple petioles with narrow green wing.  Does have diamond shaped terminal lobes and some double lobing. Scape doesn’t seem to fit the leaves so a bigger plant out of the Meads. 

 

Taraxacum sublaeticolor

SP 564 176 

VC23 Wendlebury Mead 

Species rich water meadow 



Quite a few in the ‘good’ areas so feels like a Mead native.  Pollen plentiful. Spreading (sub-erect) recurved bracts 

Petioles white / Green unwinged, Midribs whitish but often a little staining (maybe disease)  

Glabrous leaves very noteworthy as is the broad humped lobes 

Also an subdivided spade shaped (acute tipped) end lobe  

 

Taraxacum anglicum 

SP 5646 1766 

VC23 Wendlebury Mead 

Species rich water meadow 


Apple shaped, glabrous edged, unbordered dark green bracts. Yellow stigmas with pollen 

 

Taraxacum palustre 

SP 5649 1766 

VC23 Wendlebury Mead 

Species rich water meadow 


Note a more pink than red (anglicum) tone to the scape colour. 

 

Taraxacum tamesense 

SP 5652 1770 

VC23 Wendlebury Mead 

Species rich water meadow 


A well developed plant with blotched interlobes, Dark green leaves. Bracts (like fulgidum) always seem to keep a couple sub-erect 

 

Taraxacum akteum 

SP 5652 1770 

VC23 Wendlebury Mead 

Species rich water meadow 


Had to be lurking somewhere.

 

Taraxacum valens

SP 5650 1765

VC23 Wendlebury Mead 

Species rich water meadow 


Dark broad bordered bracts on the bud, triangular end lobe and a tooth on the lower lateral lobes. Typical Mead species 

 

Taraxacum ancistrolobum 

SP 5603 1666 

VC23 Nr Wendlebury 

Grassy verge to track  



14th April 2024 Norfolk

A day out with Russell Ness and Simon Pavlou (Pav)


Taraxacum acutifidum

TL 8806 8327

VC28 Thetford

Pavement edge



Has 4+/- lateral lobes.  Triangular terminal lobe, leaves dark-green patent


Taraxacum exacutum

TL 8802 8326

VC28 Thetford

Pavement edge


Narrow wings on some petioles.


Taraxacum parnassicum

TL 9557 8068

VC28 Knettishall Picnic Area



Grass patch next to car park. Sub-obtuse mid green. No pollen and short/mid-length ligules (hooded). Arcuate bracts with narrow border


Taraxacum aff. rubicundum

TL 9557 8068

VC28 Knettishall Picnic Area

Grass patch next to car park


"Something Special" Bracts are erect on these plants and underside border to bracts broad. distinct and ligules long with very dark stripes. Scapes glabrous, pollen present


Taraxacum fulvum

TL 9557 8072

VC28 Knettishall Picnic Area

Grass patch next to car park


No pollen


Taraxacum scanicum

TL 9558 8067

VC28 Knettishall Picnic Area

Grass patch next to car park



Long lingulate end lobe (subdivided). Pollen present


Taraxacum polyodon

TL 9548 8071

VC28 Knettishall Picnic Area

Under Pines next to car park


Tiny stunted plants seem to be numerous in these habitats


Taraxacum tortilobum

TL 9557 8068

VC28 Knettishall Picnic Area

Grass patch next to car park



3 plants were found. Arachnoid-hairy plants with dark purple petioles and midribs. Very distinctive contorted leaf shape and twisted long teeth. The lateral lobes are very broad based and ligule stripes are brownish. Pollen present but sparse


Taraxacum fulvum

 TL 9549 8066

VC28 Knettishall Picnic Area

Grass patch next to car park

No pollen. Same as plants on Holkham dunes


14th April 2024 Suffolk


Taraxacum scanicum

TL 8000 7051

VC26 Lackford Lakes

Edge of entrance road


Long subdivided lingulate end lobes. Bracts pale green, straight, erect/spreading, clear border and more linear edges


Taraxacum lambinonii

TL 8000 7051

VC26 Lackford Lakes

Edge of entrance road


Again! This plant lacked pollen and had erect ovate bracts.