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dandelions a threatened species?

Peter Selby pete.selby at zetnet.co.uk
Mon Jan 20 14:46:03 EST 1997

In message <Pine.HPP.3.95.970119220305.8405G-100000 at homer.louisville.edu>
        dlrobi02 at HOMER.LOUISVILLE.EDU ("David L. Robinson") writes: 

> I just saw a newspaper clipping that states that dandelions (Taraxacum
> officinale) are a threatened species in the United Kingdom.

Taracum officinale is actually an aggregate of some 235 species.  
However telling the difference between these species is very 
specialist and so not much is really known about their distribution.  
Hence it is possible that some of the species are threatened.  For 
example Taraxacum orcadense is only known from the Orkney Islands.

If you really want to get into Dandelions there is a soon to be 
published book called The Dandelions of the British Isles which will 
enable you to determine which are which for yourself.  I can send 
details of how to obtain it if anyone wants them.

 Pete Selby
(pete.selby at zetnet.co.uk)

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