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A dandelion flouer heid componed o hundreds o smawer florets (tap) an seed heid (bottom)
Scientific classification
Kinrick: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Faimily: Asteraceae
Tribe: Cichorieae
Genus: Taraxacum

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Taraxacum /təˈræksəkᵿm/ is a lairge genus o flouerin plants in the faimily Asteraceae. Thay are native tae Eurasie an North an Sooth Americae, an twa species, T. officinale an T. erythrospermum, are foond as weeds warldwide.[1] Baith species are edible in thair entirety.[2] The common name dentyion is gien tae members o the genus, an like ither members o the Asteraceae faimily, thay hae very smaa flouers collectit thegither intae a composite flouer heid. Each single flouer in a heid is cried a floret. Mony Taraxacum species produce seeds asexually bi apomixis, whaur the seeds are produced wioot pollination, resultin in affspring that are genetically identical tae the parent plant.


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  1. "Taraxacum". Flora of North America.
  2. "Wild About Dandelions". Mother Earth News. Archived frae the original on 13 December 2012. Retrieved 5 Julie 2013.