Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1894

Forb
Biennial
Has milky sap (latex)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in Coastal Plain (rare elsewhere)

Look for it in mesic to dry-mesic pine-oak woodlands and forests, longleaf pine sandhills, sandy fields, and sandy roadsides, per Weakley's Flora

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...Moist ...Variable

LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly basal

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Rays: Blue/Violet
Disc: Absent
Ray flowers bisexual
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Reddish-brown
Achene

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Lactuca graminifolia var. graminifolia   FAMILY Asteraceae_

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lactuca graminifolia var. graminifolia   FAMILY Asteraceae_

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-07-005:
Lactuca graminifolia   FAMILY Asteraceae_

 

COMMON NAME:
Coastal Plain Lettuce, Slender Wild Lettuce


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image of Lactuca graminifolia var. graminifolia, Coastal Plain Lettuce, Slender Wild Lettuce

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_l_graminifolia_gramin

May    Dare County    NC

Leaves mostly basal, up to 1' long but less than 1/4" wide, frequently lobed, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.