Wild Lettuce - Canada Lettuce - Tall Lettuce
Lactuca canadensis
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family

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Plant is an upright, smooth biennial. Preferred habitat is prairies, roadsides and edge of woods. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Basal leaves are extremely large and alternate on the stem; consisting of one whole part; clasping the stem; lance-like to triangular; some leaves deeply divided into segments to nearly no teeth or lobes; base graduates to a narrow point.

Flowers are a panicle of heads; bisexual; symmetrical. Disc flowers are absent; ray flowers numerous; yellow. Flowers occur in late spring and throughout the summer.

Fruit is achene.

The related L. floridana has blue flowers that may be confused with wild chicory.

Woodland Lettuce - Wild Blue Lettuce - False Lettuce
L. floridana - (Linnaeus) Gaertner
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family



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