“The tallest dandelion measured 177.8 cm (70 in) and was found by Jo Riding and Joey Fusco (both Canada) in Ontario, Canada. The dandelion was measured on 12 September 2011. The dandelion was found on 4 August 2011 and was unofficially measured at 76 in. The dandelion was then officially measured by NutriLawn and The Weed Man on 12 September 2011 when it had dried out and was measured as 70 in.” (link)
|Dandelion (Taraxacum) from Lindman’s Bilder ur Nordens flora, Public Domain.|
|Milk Thistle (Sonchus arvensis), illustration from
Otto Wilhelm Thomé Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz (1885), Public Domain.
|Screenshot from The Telegraph (UK) website (link) by BotanicalAccuracy.com, 18 Aug 2016. Fair use.|
“ Mr Daniels is keen to get his dandelion officially measured as soon as possible before it starts to wilt or dry out. He added: “I’m not a gardener hence why I’m growing a dandelion, it is just luck that it has grown so big as I have done nothing to it over then let it grow.” A Guinness World Records spokesman said: “We invite the claimant to make an application via our website in order for us to be able to ratify the achievement.”
|Wild lettuce or prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola) from|
I am not writing this to point out that people identify plants wrong. That happens all the time, and is just a matter of education, curiosity, and interest in plants that live around us. There are plant identification forums online with over 50 000 members, and the fact that people are curious about strange, cool, and giant plants is a great thing. People should ask about plants, and let themselves be amazed by them. It is OK to know little, especially if you want to know more and satisfy your curiosity.
Dandelions on Iceland. Photo and copyright by Didrik Vanhoenacker (thanks for letting me borrow the photo).