Taraxacum aphrogenes

Taraxacum aphrogenes
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
Clade:Angiosperms
Clade:Eudicots
Clade:Asterids
Order:Asterales
Family:Asteraceae
Genus:Taraxacum
Species: T. aphrogenes
Binomial name
Taraxacum aphrogenes
Meikle

Taraxacum aphrogenes, the Paphos dandelion, is a perennial, lactiferous, rosulate, hairless herb, up to 12 cm high. Leaves all in rosette, simple, divided almost to midrib, into unequal, bluntish, suborbicular lobes, fleshy, oblong, 3-8 x 0.3-2 cm. Flowers in capitula, with yellow, ligulate florets. Flowers October–December in advance of the leaves. Fruit a pappose achene.[1]

Habitat

Rock and sandy soils by the coastline.

Distribution

Endemic to Cyprus, it is restricted to the Paphos District where it is locally common, especially at Akamas from Ayios Yeorgios Peyias to Karavopetres: Erimites. Also at Kato Paphos, Yeroskipou and Petra tou Romiou.

References

  1. ↑ The Endemic Plants of Cyprus, Texts: Takis Ch. Tsintides, Photographs: Laizos Kourtellarides, Cyprus Association of Professional Foresters, Bank of Cyprus Group, Nicosia 1998, ISBN 9963-42-067-2
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