Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Lactuca floridana (L.) Gaertn. image
Photographer: Dan Tenaglia           

from USDA Plants Website
Family Asteraceae
Lactuca floridana (L.) Gaertn.
blue lettuce, woodland lettuce
Lactuca: name for "milk"
floridana: of Florida
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, annual/biennial, 2' - 6 1/2' tall forb with milky juice; stems leafy
Flower: head 3/8" wide with 11-17 blue to white rays; inflorescence with many heads in open branched cluster; blooms June-Sept.
Fruit:dry seed with several obvious lines on both sides, on white, fluffy pappus
Leaf:mostly stalked, bases not arrow-shaped, toothed to pinnately-divided
Habitat: moist; thickets, woods

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Lactuca floridana (L.) Gaertn. var. villosa (Jacq.) Cronquist
Lactuca villosa Jacq.
Mulgedium floridanum (L.) DC.
Mulgedium villosum (Jacq.) Small

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