The Dandelion has a thick fleshy taproot with many-branched crowns and milky juice. The stem is very short and wholly underground, producing leaves at the ground surface. Its leaves are simple, 3 to 10 inches long, and contain a milky juice. The leaves vary in shape, from lobe-less or entire to deeply cut lobes.

The Dandelion’s flower heads are golden-yellow and 1-2 inches in diameter, with yellow ray flowers, borne on a long, hollow stalk. Its Achenes are yellowish-brown with 5 to 8 ribs on each side and minute curved spines on the rib margins of the upper half of the seed. The seeds are tan, about 3/16 inch long and elongated, with a slender tip bearing a tuft of hairs that are easily broken off.

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