Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) - Cristate

Occasionally something happens to alter the normal growth pattern of a plant and a cristate form develops. I found a cristate Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) along the drive to the road in mid May. I was really curious as to how far the bloom could develop and began photographing it.

Can you see it? It’s in the middle of the photo.

A view of the developing flower, front on.

A view of the developing flower, from above.

Six days later. The flower develops a little further; the petals are emerging. The wonderful ribbon stem is clearly visible.

A closer view.

Up close.

Sadly, my observations came to an abrupt end. Something that didn’t appreciate natural history but did appreciate the gourmand science made a meal of it and I wasn’t able to observe the flower to its end.

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Distribution map:

- USDA Plants Database:
Taraxacum officinale (Common Dandelion)
- University of North Carolina Herbarium: Taraxacum officinale

Identification resources:

- Southeastern Flora: Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

- Natural and Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia: Taraxacum officinale

- Wikipedia: Taraxacum officinale

Related posts:

- 2010: Year Of The Wildflower - Wildflower Index

- Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

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