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Taraxacum petals Question

Henk Henk
Thu May 2 07:26:16 EST 1996

klier at hub.fern.com (Kay Klier) writes:

>On 30 Apr 1996 16:01:44 GMT, Rich <shape5 at primenet.com> wrote:
>>Here's an interesting challenge to someone out there... Can anyone tell me
>>the approx. number of petals that are on a dandelion flower? I REALLY NEED
>>AN ANSWER TO THIS - its not a joke... THANKS in advance
>Five.  But you get to count the number of flowers in an inflorescence.

I disagree. The Taraxacum floret has one ligule, which has five minute lobes.
I would say that counts as one petal, not five, since the ligule is so distinct
from the floret tube.

Henk Beentje

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