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Mutated dandelions - Grand Rapids, MI 4/30/12

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Published on Apr 30, 2012

Five days in a row, I have found fasciated dandelions in Grand Rapids, in five different locations. This video documents the fasciated dandelions I found in Grand Rapids on 4/30/12.

On 4/26/12 and 4/27/12, I found a total of three fasciated dandelions in a vacant lot near my house. ( Video of the 4/27 find: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofQhKA... )

On 4/28, as I was loading my musical equipment into the bar where I was playing a show, I checked out a small strip of weeds next to the bar's parking lot and immediately found a fasciated dandelion. Two interesting details about this find: 1) It was in a very small area containing only a relative handful of dandelion plants. 2) Most of the parking lot slopes downward towards this small strip of weeds. This means that during a rainstorm, much of the runoff from the parking lot ends up flowing over / soaking into the relatively small strip of weeds where the fasciated dandelion is located.

On 4/29, as I was driving back from filming the dandelion that I had found the previous night, I noticed a vacant lot full of dandelions and stopped to check it out. Within a couple minutes, I found a fasciated dandelion. I filmed it and picked it, and then searched for more. Within a couple minutes, I found another fasciated dandelion, filmed it, and picked it. ( Video of the 4/28 and 4/29 finds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxw3HT... )

On 4/30, I drove around town looking for another large group of dandelions. While driving, I noticed a few dandelion plants that had grown very tall in a couple small ornamental flower gardens located on the corner of Lake Drive & Abney, between the sidewalk and the road. I stopped to check it out. I quickly spotted a mildly fasciated dandelion; it had a heart-shaped, dimpled head and its stem was distinctly distorted in only the couple inches closest to the head. Like the 4/28 find, it was a mutant among a relatively small group of dandelion plants (just over 30 plants total in the two gardens) and it was in a spot that is likely to absorb a lot more precipitation than the average patch of ground. Lake Drive is regularly plowed during the winter, and most of the snow plowed usually ends up piled up in between the street and the sidewalk.

On my way back home, I noticed an abundance of dandelions in a vacant lot on Division Street between Wealthy Street and Logan. I stopped to check it out; within minutes, I found two mutated dandelions. The first one had two heads. The second one was the strangest looking one I'd found yet, featuring a very wide, very twisted stem and a head that seems to be trying to split off in several different directions.

Apparently, fasciated dandelions are extremely easy to find this year: http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2012...

My photos of these finds can be viewed in my posts on Christina Consolo's Mutation Watch page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mutatio...

Link to my playlist of mutated dandelions found in the USA since April 2012: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=...

-- Jim Prange 4/30/12

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