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Taraxacum obovatum - (Willd.)DC.

Common Name Obovate Leaved Dandelion
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 4-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats A perennial and growing primarily in the temperate biome.
Range S. Europe - Mediterranean.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Taraxacum obovatum Obovate Leaved Dandelion


Taraxacum obovatum Obovate Leaved Dandelion

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Taraxacum obovatum is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 5. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Homotypic Synonyms: Leontodon obovatus Willd. Leontodon taraxacum var. obovatum (Willd.) Benth. T. dens-leonis subsp. obovatum (Willd.) R.C.V.Douin. T. officinale var. obovatum (Willd.) Merino. T. officinale subsp. obovatum (Willd.) P.Fourn. T. officinale proles obovatum (Willd.) Rouy. T. taraxacoides var. obovatum (Willd.) Willk. T. vulgare subsp. obovatum (Willd.) Arcang.

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers  Leaves  Root
Edible Uses: Coffee  Tea

Leaves - raw or cooked. They have a mild flavour[217]. The following uses are also probably applicable to this species, though we have no records for them[K] Root - cooked[183]. Flowers - raw or cooked[183]. The unopened flower buds can be used in fritters[183]. The whole plant is dried and used as a tea[177, 183]. A pleasant tea is made from the flowers. The leaves and the roots can also be used to make tea. The root is dried and roasted to make a coffee substitute.

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Prefers a well-drained humus-rich soil in full sun or light shade. According to one report this species reproduces apomictically and sexually[50], whilst another report says that only apomictic seed production is undergone[110]. Apomixy is an asexual method of seed production where each seed is genetically identical to the parent plant. Occasionally seed is produced sexually, the resulting seedlings are somewhat different to the parent plants and if these plants are sufficiently distinct from the parents and then produce apomictic seedlings these seedlings are, in theory at least, a new species.

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame and either surface-sow or only just cover the seed. Make sure the compost does not dry out. Germination should take place within 2 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle, choosing relatively deep pots to accommodate the tap root. Plant them out in early summer. Division in early spring as the plant comes into growth.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Pissenlit à feuilles obovales (French)

Native to: Algeria, Baleares, Corse, France, Italy, Madeira, Morocco, Portugal, Sardegna, Sicilia, Spain, Tunisia.

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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