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Dandelions

Dandelions are among the most successful weeds onearth. The leaves of the Dandelion exude an ethylene gas that discourages competition.

Early colonists brought the Dandelion to the New Worldfrom Europe. Dandelions spread rapidly to all parts ofNorth America.

The Dandelion plant contains a milky fluid. The rootis thick, long, and pointed.

A small portion of the Dandelion taproot will produce a new plant. When the relative humidity is less than 70%,the parachute seeds can remain in the air for extremelylong periods of time. These seeds are carried by thewind.