PRAIRIE DANDELION
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Nothocalais cuspidata   (Pursh ) Greene
[=Microseris cuspidata  (Pursh ) Schultz-Bip.]
Konza Prairie, Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas
Perennial
Height: 4-12 inches
Family: Asteraceae - Sunflower Family
Flowering Period:   April, May
Also Called: Wavy-leaf false dandelion.
Stems: Stemless.
Leaves: Basal, simple, linear to narrowly lanceolate, 4 to 12 inches long, to 4/5 inch wide, thick; midrib conspicuously whitish; margins entire, fringed with minute hairs, often curling or folded together; tips tapered to sharp points.
Inflorescences: Heads, solitary, terminal, on leafless flowering stalks that are glabrous or woolly-hairy ; heads 1 to 2 inches wide; bracts linear-lanceolate, to 1 inch long, sometimes speckled; tapering to sharp points.
Flowers: Florets ray-like, numerous, yellow, tips 5-toothed.
Fruits: Achenes, cylindric, about 1/4 inch long, prominently grooved, tipped with 40-50 unequal, hair-like bristles, enclosing small seed.
Habitat: Dry, open prairies and hillsides, most abundant on rocky or gravelly soils.
Distribution: Throughout Kansas.
 Pyrrhopappus grandiflorus (Nutt.) Nutt. a somewhat similar member of the family also is known as "false dandelion".

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