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Taraxacum californicum

Taraxacum californicum , Photo: US Forest Service

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Campanulids
Ordo: Asterales

Familia: Asteraceae
Subfamilia: Cichorioideae
Tribus: Cichorieae
Subtribus: Crepidinae
Genus: Taraxacum
Sectio: T. sect. Borealia
Species: Taraxacum californicum

Taraxacum californicum Munz & I.M.Johnst.

Taraxacum ceratophorum var. bernardinum Jeps.

Native distribution areas:

Continental:Northern America
Regional:Southwestern USA
USA (California)

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition

Munz, P.A. & Johnston, I.M., Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club. New York 52:227. 1925


Hassler, M. 2018. Taraxacum californicum. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2018. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 May 24. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2018. Taraxacum californicum. Published online. Accessed: May 24 2018.
The Plant List 2013. Taraxacum californicum in The Plant List Version 1.1. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 May 24.
Tropicos.org 2018. Taraxacum californicum. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 May 24.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Taraxacum californicum in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 07-Oct-06.

Vernacular names
English: California Dandelion

Taraxacum californicum, also known as the California dandelion,[1] is an endangered species of dandelion endemic to the San Bernardino Mountains of California. It grows in mountain meadows.[2]

Taraxacum californicum is a small perennial wildflower which resembles its close relative, the widespread weed known as the common dandelion (T. officinale). T. californicum has green, red-veined, lobed or toothed leaves and yellow flower heads yielding brown and white fruits.

There are fewer than 20 occurrences known of the plant, and several occurrences include just a few individuals.[3] The plant can hybridize with the common dandelion, causing genetic pollution.[3]

USDA, NRCS (n.d.). "Taraxacum californicum". The PLANTS Database (plants.usda.gov). Greensboro, North Carolina: National Plant Data Team. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
California Native Plant Society Rare Plant Profile
The Nature Conservancy

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