A dandelion (Taraxacum alatum H. Lindb. (1907)) © GT

A dandelion (Taraxacum alatum H. Lindb. (1907)) © GT

Before making any collections make sure that they will be justified and can be submitted to an acceptable ‘Determiner’, to decide the ID. If you are not a member of one of the specialist societies first enquiries are possibly best addressed to the British Museum Natural History (BMNH), South Kensington.

Samples should be –

  • Collected early in the year, before plants are mostly in seed.
  • From plants not stressed, mown, grazed, shaded or otherwise distorted.
  • With examples of late budding and flowering scapes.

Taraxacum checklist (3kb, ZIP )


  • Dudman and Richards (1997) Dandelions of Great Britain and Ireland, Botanical Society of the British Isles, London.