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Perennials.  Taprooted.  Sap is milky.  Stems are leafless, glabrous or pubescent. Typical height is 4 to 10+ inches.

The inflorescence consists of a single flower head borne at the summit of the stem.

Flower heads are ligulateFlorets are bisexual and fertile.  Corollas are yellow, often with a reddish stripe on the underside of the limb.  Outermost bracts of the involucre are reflexed.  Involucres are not glandular.

Basal leaves are oblanceolate to narrowly obovate, deeply lobed, the lobes triangular and pointed backwards.  Basal leaves are present throughout the year.

Cypselae are straw-colored to olive-brown, bearing numerous,  minute, sharp projections.  Pappus bristles are borne atop a slender beak.

Plants of lawns, waste places, unmanaged landscapes around buildings, and in general, widespread.  As a species, flowering occurs from March to October, but individual plants tend to bloom for two weeks during April or May, unless mowed or cut.  Not native..

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Similar species:  Pilosella officinarum and Tussilago farfara.

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