|Scientific Name||Taraxacum ceratophorum (Taraxacum officinale ssp. ceratophorum)||USDA PLANTS Symbol||TAOFC|
|Common Name||Horned Dandelion, Northern Dandelion||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||36200|
Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine (8700 to 13000 ft.); lawns, disturbed areas. roadsides, meadows.
Plant: Erect perennial 2 to 20 inches tall; single to several stems, purplish, hollow, densely hairy when young.
Leaves: Usually spreading basal leaves (~10) narrowly oblanceolate to linear-oblanceolate or linear-oblong in outline, with a variety of shapes, including runcinate, lobed more than halfway to the midrib, irregulary lacerate, often toothed, etc; sessile or petiolate (may be winged); 1-1/2 to 12 inches long.
Inflorescence: Solitary composite flower heads about 1-1/2 inches across, 40 to 85+ bright yellow ray flowers; phyllaries glaborous (hairless) in two rows; tips of phyllaries have small "horns".
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SW Colorado Wildflowers and Flora of North America.
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