43. Taraxacum centrasiaticum D. T. Zhai & C. H. An, J. Aug. 1st Agric. Coll. 18(3): 4. 1995.
中亚蒲公英 zhong ya pu gong ying
Herbs 12-22 cm tall. Petiole usually suffused purplish, long, unwinged; leaf blade deep green, ± linear to linear-oblanceolate, 8-14 × 0.7-2 cm, glabrous, usually deeply divided to midvein; lateral lobes 2-4 pairs, linear to rarely linear-triangular, 5-9 × 1.8-2.5 mm, remote, recurved or ± patent, margin entire; interlobes long, 1.1-1.5(-5) mm wide, margin entire; terminal lobe ± 3-partite, basal segments ± recurved, terminal segment elongated, 3-6 mm wide, and margin entire. Scapes brownish green and often suffused purplish, much overtopping leaves, sparsely arachnoid to subglabrous. Capitulum 1.5-2 cm wide. Involucre 5.5-9 mm wide, base ± rounded to slightly subobconic. Outer phyllaries 10 or 11, blackish green, ± imbricate, narrowly lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, outermost ones 4.6-6 × 1.3-2 mm and 1/3-2/5 as long as inner ones, ± appressed, with an evident ± white ca. 0.2 mm wide border, margin glabrous, flat below apex; inner phyllaries blackish green, 0.9-1.3 cm, flat below apex. Ligules yellow; outer ligules flat, outside striped purplish; floret tube glabrous or sparsely pubescent. Stigmas blackish green. Achene dark ochraceous brown but later probably dark brown, 3.6-3.9 × ca. 0.9 mm; body tuberculate below, ± densely spinulose above, subabruptly narrowing into a thick subconic 0.7-0.8 mm cone, spinules thin, suberect, and acute; beak 5-6 mm. Pappus ± white, 5-6 mm. Fl. summer.
● Alpine meadows; 3400-3500 m. S Xinjiang.