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Perennials.  Colony-forming from rhizomes.  Stems are relatively thick, covered with long, matted hairs, and often also with minute,  glandular hairs.  Typical height is 6 to 8+ inches.

Inflorescences:  Flower heads are solitary on each stem.

Flower heads are radiateRay florets are pistillate and fertile; yellow; outnumbering the yellow disc florets, which are staminate and sterileInvolucral bracts are of unequal length, the outermost bracts shorter than the inner.  Involucral bracts covered with minute, reddish, glandular hairs.

Basal leaves are broadly ovate to somewhat triangular in outline, irregularly toothed and shallowly lobed, typically not emerging until the end of flowering and persisting until late in the season.  Stem leaves are alternate, lance-linear, often scale-like, much smaller than basal leaves.

Plants of roadsides, waste places, gravel bars in streams.  Flowers  April to early May.  Not native.

 

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Similar species:  Taraxacum officinale.

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