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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: Microseridinae
Genus: Krigia
Species: K. biflora – K. cespitosa – K. dandelion – K. occidentalis – K. virginica

Krigia Schreb., Gen. Pl., ed. 8[a]. 2: 532. 1791

Type species: Tragopogon virginicus L.


Adopogon Neck., 1790
Apogon Elliott
Cymbia (Torr. & A. Gray) Standl.
Cynthia D. Don
Serinia Raf.
Troximon Gaertn.


Schreber, J.C.D.v. 1791. Gen. Pl., ed. 8[a]. 2: 532.


Hassler, M. 2019. Krigia. 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. 2019. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Mar. 30. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Krigia. Published online. Accessed: Mar. 30 2019.
The Plant List 2013. Krigia in The Plant List Version 1.1. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Mar. 30. 2019. Krigia. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Mar. 30.

Vernacular names

Krigia is a genus of North American flowering plants in the dandelion family. Plants of the genus are known generally as dwarf dandelions[2] or dwarfdandelions.[3]

The species vary in morphology. They are annual or perennial herbs growing from a fibrous root system or a taproot. One species has rhizomes with tubers. The plants produce a single stem or up to 50 or more, usually growing erect, reaching a few centimeters to 75 centimeters tall. Most of the leaves are basal, but some stems have leaves higher up. The blades are often linear to lance-shaped, toothed or lobed, and borne on winged petioles. The flower heads are solitary, growing at the top of the stem or on stalks from the leaf axils. They contain up to 60 yellow or orange flowers. The fruit is a hairless, ribbed cypsela, sometimes with a pappus.[2]


Krigia biflora – twoflower dwarfdandelion, orange dwarfdandelion, tall dwarfdandelion – most of eastern, central, + southwestern USA plus central Canada
Krigia caroliniana
Krigia cespitosa – weedy dwarfdandelion, common dwarfdandelion, opposite-leaved dwarfdandelion – southeastern + south-central United States
Krigia dandelion – potato dwarfdandelion, colonial dwarfdandelion, tuber dandelion – southeastern + south-central United States
Krigia integrifolia – Allegheny Mountains
Krigia montana – mountain dwarfdandelion – southern Appalachians
Krigia occidentalis – western dwarfdandelion – south-central USA
Krigia virginica – Virginia dwarfdandelion – eastern + south-central United States; Ontario, British Columbia
Krigia wrightii – Wright's dwarfdandelion – south-central USA[7]


Flann, C (ed) 2009+ Global Compositae Checklist
Krigia. Flora of North America.
GRIN Species Records of Krigia. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN).
Krigia. ITIS.
Biota of North America Program 2013 county distribution maps
Amanda Neil (Editor)A Dictionary of Common Wildflowers of Texas & the Southern Great Plains, p. 87, at Google Books

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