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Taraxacum Weber in F. H. Wigg., Prim. Fl. Holsat. : 56 (1780), nom. cons.

Type: Taraxacum officinale F. H. Wigg. (Leontodon taraxacum L.), typ. cons.


Richards, A. J. (1978). An account of some neotropical Taraxacum species. Rhodora 78(No. 816): 682706.

Note: It is quite possible that the more widespread T. fernandezianum Dahlst. may be present in Bolivia; it is presently known from Argentina, Bermuda, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico and Peru. The two species may be separated based on the following key derived from Richards; it is possible other species, outside of sect. Mexicana may be present and a detailed study is clearly necessary.

Key to species

Leaves lacking well-defined lobes; outer phyllaries 1 mm wide, olive-green or sometimes brownish-red T. fernandezianum

Leaves lobate; outer phyllaries 1.52 mm wide, dark green or purplish T. suspathulatum

Taraxacum subspathulatum A. J. Richards Rhodora, 78(816): 692 (1976). Type: Argentina: Tucumn: VIlla Vougues, 1000 m, S. Venturi 1470. Holotype: US.

Argentina, Bolivia (Cochabamba), Chile (mainland and Juan Fernandez Is.), Peru.