|Scientific name:||Taraxacum sect. Ruderalia Kirschner, H. Øllg. & Stepanek|
|Synonym name:||Taraxacum sect. Vulgaria (Lam.) Schrank|
|Swedish name:||Maskros, Ogräsmaskros|
|German name:||Wiesen-Löwenzahn, Gemeiner Löwenzahn|
|English name:||Common Dandelion|
|Family:||Asteraceae / Compositae, Korgblommiga växter|
|Life form:||Herbaceous perennial|
|Stems:||Plant medium-sized (20–45 cm).|
|Leaves:||Basal rosette,long, lance-shaped, deeply toothed|
|Flowers:||Each flower head consists of hundreds of tiny yellow ray flowers. Unlike other composites, there are no disk flowers.|
|Fruits:||Achene straw-coloured or greyish brown; Achene spinules medium long, medium strong, straight. Achene cone cylindrical, smooth, 0.7–0.8 mm long. Rostrum length 10–11 mm.|
|Habitat:||Meadows, pastureland, farmland, settlements|
Derivation of the botanical name:
Taraxacum, medieval name traceable through Arabic to the Persian talkh chakok, meaning "bitter herb".
Ruderalia, growing among rubbish.
White, globular seed head. Each seed has a tiny parachute, to spread far and wide in the wind.
The long, lance-shaped, deeply toothed leaves gave the plant its name in Old French: Dent-de-lion means lion's tooth in Old French.