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Forget those lawn dandelions

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Texas Dandelion Flower Head by Butterweed Colony 3150A

Forget those dandelions that spring up in every known lawn in the United States: they’re invaders from Europe. Today’s welcoming blast of yellow comes from Pyrrhopappus pauciflorus, which is a native dandelion in Texas and some other American states. Note how the fused stamen columns are dark brown, so there’s no mistaking this home-grown dandelion for the wide-ranging colonist from across the Atlantic.

I photographed this Texas dandelion in far north Austin on March 19. The slightly more orange yellow in the background is from a colony of butterweed, Packera tampicana, which also served to set off the crow poison you saw a month ago.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 10, 2013 at 6:15 AM

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