False Dandelion
Carolina False Dandelion - Carolina Desert Chicory
Pyrrhopappus carolinianus
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family

Plant is an upright copy-cat annual or short-lived perennial emerging from a taproot. Preferred habitat is fields, meadows, stable dunes, roadsides, and border of thin woods. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves at base of plant may measure 10 inches or more. While the bottom leaves can be
deceiving, as some will appear to be true dandelion, they are not as deeply lobed as the edible herb.

Flowers are solitary heads; the longest involucral bracts are two-lobed or wider at the tip than just below it. Flowers in each head are numerous. Rays are yellow (or sometimes creamy white. Anthers are dark. Flowers occur in the spring.

Fruit is a seed which outer layer is fused to it (achene).

The plant is widespread, extending from eastern Texas to Florida and then along the eastern seaboard to Delaware and westward to the Midwest.

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