Carolinas and Georgia

789

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Lactuca serriola   FAMILY Asteraceae_

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lactuca serriola   FAMILY Asteraceae_

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 179-07-001:
Lactuca scariola   FAMILY Asteraceae_

INCLUDING Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Lactuca serriola var. integrata

 

COMMON NAME:
Prickly Lettuce


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Look for it on roadsides, disturbed ground, pastures, per Weakley's Flora

Forb
Annual/Biennial

Non-native: Europe
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in GA Coastal Plain)

 

full sun

DOES THE PLANT HAVE "MILKY SAP"?
Has milky sap (latex)

IS THE PLANT "ARMED"?
Leaves prickly ("spinulose-dentate"), midrib usually prominently spiny below

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Rays: Yellow
Disc: Absent
Ray flowers bisexual
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Brown
Achene

 

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Lactuca serriola   FAMILY Asteraceae_

Prickly Lettuce