Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family
Dwarf Dandelion is an upright, mostly smooth perennial with a tuber. The plant may also be called 'potato dandelion.' Its preferred habitat is prairies, rocky woods, roadsides, fields and yards. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
The leaves are basal and form a rosette; simple in outline and consisting of one part; lance-like and clasping the stem. The leaf margins are toothed or lobed and the base is wedge-shaped.
Flowers are heads on tall stalks that are usually void of leaves. Each flower is symmetrical in form, bisexual in nature. Disc flowers are absent. The ray flowers are numerous and yellow. Flowers occur in the spring and early summer.
Fruit is achene (a seed which outer layer is fused to it).