Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


788

Forb
Annual/Biennial
Has milky sap (latex)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in GA Coastal Plain)

Look for it in mesic & dry-mesic forests, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Moist ...Variable

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

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

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Achene

 

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

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

GREATER THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lactuca floridana var. floridana   FAMILY Asteraceae_

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-07-007:
Lactuca floridana   FAMILY Asteraceae_

GREATER THAN PLANTS National Database
Lactuca floridana var. villosa

 

COMMON NAME:
Woodland Lettuce


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image of Lactuca floridana

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_lactuca_floridana

August        

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JK Marlow    jkm100903_579

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

The pistils' 2-cleft styles indicate that they are functional, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Lactuca floridana

JK Marlow    jkm100903_589

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Lactuca floridana

JK Marlow    jkm120914_856

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Leaves dissected or unlobed; lanceolate, elliptic to triangular-ovate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Lactuca floridana

JK Marlow    jkm120914_859

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

The stems are sometimes reddish and the leaves are not clasping, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Lactuca floridana

JK Marlow    jkm120914_862

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Panicle diffuse, to 80cm long & about as broad, the branches long & spreading, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Lactuca floridana

JK Marlow    jkm120914_866867869

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Lactuca floridana

JK Marlow    jkm120914_867

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Heads cylindric or tapering inward toward apex. Bracts imbricate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE involucral bracts of Wild Lettuce

image of Lactuca floridana

JK Marlow    jkm120914_879

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Lactuca floridana

JK Marlow    jkm120914_881

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Lactuca floridana

JK Marlow    jkm120914_889

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Fewer ray flowers than L. biennis (11-17 per head), per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Lactuca floridana

JK Marlow    jkm120914_891

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Lactuca floridana

JK Marlow    jkm120914_896

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Pappus white, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Lactuca floridana

JK Marlow    jkm120914_907

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Lactuca floridana

JK Marlow    jkm120914_909

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Lactuca floridana

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_lactuca_floridana_3

September        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_lactuca_floridana_2

October