Is this the biggest dandelion in the world?

Hugh Wilson's record of the longest dandelion leaf, at an incredible 77 cm, remains steadfastly unopposed on NatureWatch NZ as the biggest dandelion in New Zealand. It's also almost twice the maximum leaf length listed for dandelions in Northern Hemisphere Floras.

Could this be the biggest dandelion in the world? Are there even bigger dandelions out there?

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Posted on March 20, 2014 10:28 by 5132-mini jon | 4 comments | Leave a comment

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Dandelion Taraxacum officinale

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jon

Date

Jun 7, 2014 09:30 AM NZST

Description

The biggest dandelion leaf I could find in our garden: 49.5 cm long

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Dandelion Taraxacum officinale

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jon

Date

May 9, 2014 01:18 PM NZST

Description

One for the big dandelion project.

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Dandelion Taraxacum officinale

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jon

Date

Apr 10, 2014 03:02 PM NZST

Description

One of a patch of big dandelions by the footbridge over the Heathcote river.

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What

Dandelion Taraxacum officinale

Date

Apr 2, 2014

Description

Flower stalk 77 cm long!
Longest leaf about 40 cm long.

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What

Dandelion Taraxacum officinale

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jon

Date

Apr 2, 2014 12:02 PM NZDT

Description

The longest dandelion leaf I could find in a brief search along Lincoln's Liffey stream.

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colinmeurk

Date

Mar 29, 2014

Description

a little better at 420 mm long

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Observer

colinmeurk

Date

Mar 29, 2014

Description

note the distinctive latex oozing from the cut leaf bases. this one in the pot is only 160 mm long. hardly a splash in the - dandelion leaf competition!

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What

Dandelion Taraxacum officinale

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leonperrie

Date

Mar 22, 2014

Description

Not a contender for the longest leaf, but perhaps in the running for best complementary pink-lined shoes (not mine).

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What

Dandelion Taraxacum officinale

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savvy

Date

Mar 22, 2014

Description

Leaf length probably between 30 - 40 cm. Hand size as a measure.

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What

Dandelion Taraxacum officinale

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tony_wills

Date

Mar 21, 2014

Description

Max leaf length 21cm, flower stem height 44cm.

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5132-mini Project curator ID

Taraxacum officinale

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What

Dandelion Taraxacum officinale

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tony_wills

Date

Mar 21, 2014

Description

Max leaf length 38cm, flower stem height 44cm.

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5132-mini Project curator ID

Taraxacum officinale

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What

Dandelion Taraxacum officinale

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tony_wills

Date

Mar 21, 2014

Description

Max leaf length 32cm, flower stem height 33cm.

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5132-mini Project curator ID

Taraxacum officinale

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What

Dandelion Taraxacum officinale

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tony_wills

Date

Mar 21, 2014

Description

Max leaf length 38cm, flower stem height 54cm.

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5132-mini Project curator ID

Taraxacum officinale

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Square

What

Dandelion Taraxacum officinale

Observer

tony_wills

Date

Mar 21, 2014

Description

Max leaf length 32cm, flower stem height 50cm.

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5132-mini Project curator ID

Taraxacum officinale

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What

Dandelion Taraxacum officinale

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tony_wills

Date

Mar 21, 2014

Description

Max leaf length 43cm (when held straight), flower stem length 59cm.

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5132-mini Project curator ID

Taraxacum officinale

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What

Dandelion Taraxacum officinale

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tony_wills

Date

Mar 21, 2014

Description

Did a circuit of the park only found dandelions in two areas. Photographed those that had flowered, all of which had already gone to seed.

Max leaf length 41cm, flower stem height 57cm.

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5132-mini Project curator ID

Taraxacum officinale

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tony_wills

Date

Sep 20, 2007

Description

I'm not sure why leaf size should be a measure of dandelion size, what's the range of flower sizes? This one is about 54mm across

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Observer

john_barkla

Date

Oct 10, 2007

Description

Weedy in garden

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5132-mini Project curator ID

Taraxacum officinale

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What

Dandelion Taraxacum officinale

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laura

Date

Mar 20, 2014 09:17 AM NZDT

Description

Here's the biggest dandelion leaf we could find in our garden: 36 cm!

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5132-mini Project curator ID

Taraxacum officinale

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Square

What

Dandelion Taraxacum officinale

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alice_shanks

Date

Mar 18, 2014

Description

50cm leaf in derelict backyard. Not cultivated.

5132-mini Project curator ID

Taraxacum officinale

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Square

What

Dandelion

Observer

alice_shanks

Date

Mar 18, 2014

Description

70 cm! The backyard is a little wild this year.

5132-mini Project curator ID

Taraxacum officinale

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Square

What

Dandelion Taraxacum officinale

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alice_shanks

Date

Mar 18, 2014

Description

earthquake crack in path colonised by small dandelion

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Dandelion Taraxacum officinale

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jon

Date

Oct 12, 2013 11:31 AM NZDT

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What

Dandelion Taraxacum officinale

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parkecology

Date

Mar 18, 2014 05:24 PM NZDT

Description

40cm leaves

5132-mini Project curator ID

Taraxacum officinale

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What

Dandelion Taraxacum officinale

Observer

jon

Date

Jan 23, 2011 05:26 PM NZDT

Description

Pieter Pelser with the 63.5 cm long dandelion leaf he found at Hinewai.

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What

Dandelion Taraxacum officinale

Observer

jon

Date

Jan 23, 2011 09:25 AM NZDT

Description

Hugh Wilson's entry in our Longest Dandelion Leaf competition: 77 cm!

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What

Dandelion Taraxacum officinale

Observer

jon

Date

Dec 2, 2010 08:45 PM NZDT

Description

Robbie Holdaway's enormous dandelion from 38 Wyn Street, with a 61.5 cm long leaf.

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