Fall-dandelion (Scorzoneroides autumnalis)

Fall-dandelion is a plant that I have rarely seen in the Toronto area but which is extremely common in Quebec and the Maritimes in the summer and fall.

Fall-dandelion (Scorzoneroides autumnalis)

The leaves are found only at the base.

Fall-dandelion (Scorzoneroides autumnalis)

In this way, the plant resembles Common Dandelion.

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

The leaves in both species are cut in a way which resembles a “lions tooth”. (dent-de-lion from which the English name comes)

Fall-dandelion (Scorzoneroides autumnalis)
Fall-dandelion (Scorzoneroides autumnalis)
Fall-dandelion (Scorzoneroides autumnalis)

Both Fall-dandelion and Common Dandelion are considered as lawn weeds.

Fall-dandelion (Scorzoneroides autumnalis)
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

Both plants have been introduced from Eurasia.

Fall-dandelion (Scorzoneroides autumnalis)

Sometimes they are in flower at the same time, though Fall-dandelion tends to flower much later in the season.

The Common Dandelion in this photo was growing very near some Fall-dandelion plants.

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

The flower heads of Fall-dandelion are about 25 mm wide and are held on a slender stalk.

Fall-dandelion (Scorzoneroides autumnalis)

Fall-dandelion grows to between 15 and 45 cm in height.

Fall-dandelion (Scorzoneroides autumnalis)
Fall-dandelion (Scorzoneroides autumnalis)

Miles Hearn

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