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Dandelion
Asteraceae
Taraxacum officinale


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Flower Petal # 7+
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Color 2    

Asteraceae Family

Taraxacum Genus

Location

Europe, North America


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Star Order (Daisies)
Euasterids II
Euasterids II
Real Stars Group Two
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Core Eudicots
Core Eudicots
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General Information

The Taraxacum officinale or 'Dandelion' as it is commonly known, is considered a major pest or weed in North America. It is easily identified, and commonly known by most people. It is the little yellow powder-puff, that turns into the spherical white 'Make a Wish' Flower, where people continue the process of spreading the Taraxacum by sending little parachutes with seeds into the air.

The leaves look of the Dandelion look like multi-toothed arrowheads. The name comes from the French 'Dente de Lion' or 'Lion's Tooth', this is because Lion's have teeth that have this dagger, sawlike, tooth structure. The leaves emanate from a central point, creating a radiating doily of leaves.
When you break of the stalk of it's flower, the hollow stem 'bleeds' a milky white juice. This juice is said to be a laxative, and is known to help constipation. Some say that tea made of the Taraxacum or 'Dandelion Wine' is medicinal, and especially good for upset stomachs. Some claim that it can even reduce cancer, eczema and psoriasis. The root is a very effective detoxifer.

It should be noted that, as with many plants, it is always wise to eat the youngest leaves, as the older leaves can have excessive mineral or toxin buildup.

Taraxacum koksaghyz is a species of Dandelion that is know to be viable as a source of latex. This has been used in Russia (Not as common now) for at least a hundred years.

The Dandelion belongs to the Compositae family.



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