World Wild Flora - Dandelion

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Taraxacum officinale


These flower are commonly know as dandelions. Their Latin name is Taraxacum officinale. Although they originated in the temperate northern hemisphere, today they are found all over world in temperate climates and grow everywhere in the fields. For a wide host of pollinators such as bees and butterflies, dandelions are a vital source in early spring.


Dandelion is edible and very commonly used as a herbal tea, for various ailments i.e upset stomach, joint pain, gall stones as well as being known as a very good anti-inflammatory. It can also be added to fresh green salads as decoration.


The above photo is of a Taraxacum species which produce seeds asexually and then turn into this fluffy white ball. When the seeds are ripe they easily detach and the wind then disperses them. They look like dainty little parachutes floating through the air.
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Photos by @claudiaz with a Canon EOS 1000D, f/13, ISO400 and exposure time 1/350

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Now I have childhood memories ... I can well remember ... how we always puffed up the little fluffy white balls ... and enjoyed it .... to see the seeds float in the air 😍


yes we did the same and used to wonder how they were formed, now we know. Thank you @bellaibiza


Some things are the same everywhere in children and adolescents worldwide 😉
You're welcome @claudiaz