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Identifying Dandelion

Identifying the Dandelion.

The dandelion may be confused with catsears (Hypochaeris) hawksbeards (Crepis) and hawksweeds (Hyeracium) as the flower and leaf can appear to be slightly similar. Once you get used to identifying the leaf it becomes quite easy to tell them apart.

However the flower stem is the most obvious distinguishing feature on a Dandelion which has a hollow, smooth, single stem for each flower. On similar species the stem is solid and branched often with hairs or leaflets upon it.

Thankfully none of these species are considered poisonous, however always positively identify any plant before use.