But before the arrival of Europeans, there were already dandelions in
In the far North, spanning the Canadian Arctic and
The Rarest/Weirdest dandelion is the California Dandelion, Taraxacum Californicum (pictured right). Rare, because it exists only in the San Bernardino Mountains of
And lastly, the Closest to Home. The Horned Dandelion, Taraxacum Ceratophorum (pictured left) occurs widely across
But T. Ceratophorum occurs here in
Side note: This has been a monster deep-end on dandelions. Kind of like what my 8-year old does when he gets into dinosaurs, or prehistoric mammals, or Yu-Gi-Oh! But when I get into and really understand a given plant or aspect of the natural world like that, it’s almost as if a part of my own awareness wakes up, like something was always there that I missed, and now my eyes have opened up in a way they never quite have before. I have a name for this sense of “waking up”. I call it the Beauty of the World, as in, if you go and look at a pretty plant or insect or mountain range or fish or whatever, you see that it’s beautiful and you enjoy it and that’s it. But when you see that same plant or insect or mountain range or fish and you understand what it is and where it’s from and how it works or was created or reproduces and how it connects to and interacts with the world around it, then you don’t just see the beauty of the thing, you see a little bit of the Beauty of the World.
Another side note: The trip to Gooseberry Mesa is pulling together. After some flaking/attrition, the core group is rallying. It should be a fine trip with fine friends. And a great change of scenery, with a completely different and very interesting flora as we spend the weekend biking and camping around the transition zone of the