Andrz. ex Besser
This species is very similar and often overlooked as the traditional dandelion, Taraxacum officinale. It most readily differs by its reddish-brown seed bases, unlike the more olive colored seeds of officinale. T. erythrospermum can also be diagnosed by its leaves, which have consistently triangular lobes throughout. In comparison officinale tends to have erratic lobing with minimal or no triangular form. The leaves of erythrospermum thus bear a closer resemblance to the basal leaves of sow thistles (Sonchus oleraceus).
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