White Himalayan Dandelion
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White Himalayan Dandelion
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: White Himalayan Dandelion
Botanical name: Taraxacum candidatum    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

White Himalayan Dandelion is a delicate plant characterized by outer florets white and central florets pale yellow, hairless flowering-stem and a leaf shape ranging from almost entire to distantly toothed. Leaves are numerous, linear, usually 3-7 cm long, 3-5 mm wide, quite often completely entire, sometimes toothed to shallowly lobed, teeth or lobules usually 4-7 on each side, short, up to 1.0-1.5)mm long, usually pointed, narrowly triangular. Flower-heads are 1.5-2 cm across, white with pale yellow center. There is a continuous variation in this species from the Himalayas to C. Asia. White Himalayan Dandelion is found in NW Himalayas, Ladakh.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed enroute to Pangong Lake, Ladakh.
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