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Genus: Taraxacum (dandelions)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid II > Order: Asterales > Family: Asteraceae > Tribe: Lactuceae

Taraxacum officinale (Common Dandelion).

About 60 species, native to north temperate regions and temperate South America. There are 15 species that have become established in southern Africa.  

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa (POSA) - an online checklist (SANBI).

Taraxacum bessarabicum


Taraxacum brachyglossum


Taraxacum breviscapum


Taraxacum brunneum


Taraxacum cophocentrum


Taraxacum dilatatum


Taraxacum disseminatum


Taraxacum duplidens


Taraxacum eckmanii


Taraxacum hamatiforme


Taraxacum marklundii


Taraxacum officinale (Common Dandelion)

Perdeblom, Platdissel [Afrikaans]; irwabe lenyoka [Xhosa]; umashwababa [Zulu]

See KwaZulu-Natal wild flowers by Elsa Pooley p. 338; Wild Flowers of the Highveld by Braam van Wyk and Sasa Malan p. 120.

Taraxacum parvilobum


Taraxacum privum


Taraxacum serotinum


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