Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Lactuca pulchella (Pursh) DC. image
Photographer: Emmet J. Judziewicz           

Botanical Illustration

Botanical Illustration

Emmet J. Judziewicz
Family Asteraceae
Lactuca pulchella (Pursh) DC.
showy blue lettuce
Lactuca: name for "milk"
pulchella: beautiful
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Status: Introduced - adventive
Plant: erect, perennial, 1'-4' tall forb with milky juice; stems smooth, leafy
Flower: head 3/4" wide with 18-50 blue to purple rays; inflorescence with several heads in a branched cluster; blooms June-Sept.
Fruit:red-brown, dry seed with several obvious lines on both sides on soft, white, fluffy pappus
Leaf:bluish-green, either unlobed or pinnately-divided into narrow lobes
Habitat: moist; prairies, streambanks, thickets

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Flora of North America (off site)
Lactuca oblongifolia Nutt.
Lactuca tatarica (L.) C.A.Mey. subsp. pulchella (Pursh) Stebbins
Lactuca tatarica (L.) C.A.Mey. var. heterophylla (Nutt.) B.Boivin
Lactuca tatarica (L.) C.A.Mey. var. pulchella (Pursh) Breitung
Mulgedium heterophyllum Nutt.
Sonchus pulchellus Pursh
Sonchus tataricus L., pro parte

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