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1 25th May 23:23
digitalvinyl
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Default Steroidal Dandelions... (weed giant curiosity cluster tall)


I was looking at cleaning up this strip of abandoned ground in one
corner... the one with the big poke weed. Amongst them are these ...
well I think giant dandelions. Out of curiosity I went searching for a
type that grows this huge.

They look a lot like dandelions only they are about 2 feet round
plants, and about 18' tall. It is growing a tight cluster of flower
buds on a single stem--about a dozen buds forming. Kind of a
dandelion on steroids. Also the leaves branch out, but they otherwise
look like a giant dandelion.

DiGiTAL ViNYL (no email)
Zone 6b/7, Westchester Co, NY, <1 mile off L.I.Sound
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2 25th May 23:23
magnetfl
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Default Steroidal Dandelions... (have flower)


Hi,

Can't tell what your "steroidal dandelion" might be without a picture
but it is definitely not a dandelion because you state that there are
"about a dozen buds" forming on a single flower stem. Dandelions have
only one flower bud per flower stem. One flower bud per flower stem is
one of the defining characteristics of dandelions.

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Rufino Osorio
Lake Worth, Florida
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3 25th May 23:23
digitalvinyl
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Default Steroidal Dandelions... (sunflower)


I think it is a compass plant.These are the exact leaves I see. I seem
to recall seeing what looked like a sunflower in that corner.
Also called rosinweed and pilot plant. (Silphium laciniatum L.)

http://www.lib.ksu.edu/wildflower/compassplant.html

DiGiTAL ViNYL (no email)
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4 25th May 23:23
digitalvinyl
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Default Steroidal Dandelions... (white morning prickly)


or prickly lettuce...
This one has very distinct characterstics, the thorny ribbing and the
white latexy inside of the stem. Should be an easy ID in the morning.

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5 25th May 23:25
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Default Steroidal Dandelions... (tall)


18 ft tall, you say. Don't know what it is, but I'd be frightened, for sure!

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6 25th May 23:25
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Is that supposed to be 18 inches?? They may be in danger of being
crushed by a dwarf.

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7 25th May 23:25
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Oops...

DiGiTAL ViNYL (no email)
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8 25th May 23:26
rev \fragile warrior\
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He's right. We have them here, too, and I mentioned them last summer in
here. Not only are there multiple heads joined together like multiple
Siamese Twins, the stem going up to the flower is abnormally wide, too, like
it is multiple stems merged together. They are dandelions. I know what a
dandelion looks like.

Giselle
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9 26th May 01:30
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In message <d9208u$21u8$1@news.iquest.net>, "Rev \"Fragile Warrior\""
<volfie@ccrtc.com> writes

What you describe is, I think, a fasciated dandelion. What the OP
describes does not sound like the same. "Giant dandelion" suggsts to me
something in the Hieracium/Crepis/Hypochoeris area; "tight cluster of
flower heads" a Sonchus (Sow Thistle), but I find the whole of Lactuceae
difficult to identify.
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Stewart Robert Hinsley
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10 26th May 01:30
rev \fragile warrior\
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Okay, you've got me hooked: what's a fasciated dandelion?

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