Family: Asteraceae (Daisy family). Native of Europe.
Occurrence: A widespread but usually not very common weed of roadsides, bushland, lawns and waste areas.
Dandelion is often confused with the very common and abundant Catís-ear. Dandelion has been used as a medicinal and food plant.
What is known as Dandelion is a complex of forms. Identification of the forms is difficult, and in this publication all have been lumped together under the unofficial term Taraxicum officinale.
The name Dandelion is a corruption of Dent de Lion, i.e. Tooth of the Lion, referring to the teeth on the leaves.