Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Lactuca canadensis L. image
Photographer: Robert W. Freckmann           

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Robert W. Freckmann
Family Asteraceae
Lactuca canadensis L.
Canada lettuce, tall lettuce, tall wild lettuce, wild lettuce
Lactuca: name for "milk"
canadensis: of or referring to Canada
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, annual/biennial, 1'-8' tall forb with milky juice; stems leafy, smooth with whitish fuzz
Flower: head 3/8" wide with 13-22 yellow to purple rays usually longer than wide; inflorescence with many heads in long, conical, loosely-branched cluster; blooms July-Sept.
Fruit:blackish, flat dry seed with only one obvious line on each side, and with white, fluffy pappus
Leaf:varying from entire, toothed, to pinnately-divided with narrow to arrow-shaped base, edges not spiny
Habitat: moderate moisture; meadows, fields, woods

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Flora of North America (off site)
Lactuca canadensis L. var. canadensis
Lactuca canadensis L. var. integrifolia (Bigelow) Torr. & A.Gray
Lactuca canadensis L. var. latifolia Kuntze
Lactuca canadensis L. var. latifolia Kuntze f. exauriculata Wiegand
Lactuca canadensis L. var. longifolia (Michx.) Farw.
Lactuca canadensis L. var. longifolia (Michx.) Farw. f. angustipes (Wiegand) Farw.
Lactuca canadensis L. var. obovata Wiegand
Lactuca canadensis L. var. spinulosa Jenn.
Lactuca canadensis L. var. typica Wiegand
Lactuca canadensis L. var. typica Wiegand f. angustipes Wiegand
Lactuca sagittifolia Elliott

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