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Western Dwarf Dandelion
Krigia occidentalis
Family: Asteraceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  E
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S1?


Habitat:
Barrens and rocky woods.

Species Description:
Annual herb.

Phenology:
Flowering Period: Early April to late May.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Similar to other dwarf dandelions but with all basal leaves and the a single flower on each stem. There are 5-8 phyllaries (the bracts beneath the flower head) and these are erect on fruit. Also the pappus (the hairs at the top of the achene) are 1.2-3 mm long.

Management:
May tolerate some timber removal if done without excessive soil disturbance (disking/chopping) and if immediate vicinity of plant is protected from debris and direct cutting etc. Woody plant invasion may need to be controlled using periodic prescribed fire, mowing or other means to maintain the open character of the habitat for this species. Hand removal of trees in the vicinity of the species is necessary. Soil disturbance resulting from activities such as ATV trails, timber removal or any activity that results in increased erosion and weed invasion will be detrimental. Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species and should be removed

Global Range:
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Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
Email:
naturepreserves@ky.gov
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