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Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

In bloom April 3 - October 28, but mainly in the spring. This is found along the edge of wooded areas, in meadows, and along the edges of those trails that get some sun. It is perhaps the most widely recognized flower in the state. The "flower" is actually a cluster of many tiny yellow flowers, each of which forms a fluffy white parachute-like one seeded fruit. These fruits can stay airborne almost indefinately as long as the relative humidity is less than 70%. This species was introduced from Europe.

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