China's Qilian Mountain Range and its unusual dandelion

Taraxacum, commonly known as dandelion, might bring to your mind images like this:

Taraxacum. /VCG Photo

Taraxacum. /VCG Photo

But on a vast patch of wetland at the foot of Qilian Mountain Range in northwest China, this is what it might look like:

Taraxacum under Qilian Mountains. /CGTN Photo

Taraxacum under Qilian Mountains. /CGTN Photo

Actually, Taraxacum is a large genus of flowering plants. Most are edible and some even have many health benefits and thus are used in traditional Chinese medicine.

Growing across China, it has different variations according to its location, for example in Tibet it has yellow flowers.

Compared with others, the Taraxacum on the wetland surrounding the Sugan Lake in Gansu Province in the country's northwest has bigger blowballs and thicker hair.

Sugan Lake. /CGTN Photo

Sugan Lake. /CGTN Photo


Series Introduction:

Qilian Mountains – a world unto itself.

The Qilian Mountains are a critical mountain range in NW China, home to numerous animals and plants that the country considers to be treasures.

In this series, CGTN Nature's crew takes you on a journey into the mountains, valleys, and deserts, presenting you the true Qilian.

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