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Lactuca serriola

Laitue sauvage
Prickly Lettuce

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

yellow

Flower size

10-15 mm

Flowering months

July,

August,

September,

October

Leaf type

Elliptic,

Pinnatisect

Height

to 2 m

Description

The long stems branch out at the top.

It grows on a variety of soils, neutral, acid and calcareous, waste places, roadsides, hedgerows.

Flowers

Terminal clusters of small, pale-yellow flowers.

Leaves

Elliptic oval leaf, Pinnatisect leaf is deeply lobed, almost to the central midrib. Basal rosette: oval, undulated and serrated, beneath the leaves a prickly midrib.
Upper leaves: pointing upwards, prickly lobes almost to central midrib.

Fruits Seeds

Achene: a cluster of 1-seeded fruit with long slender hairs.

Edible

Leaves: gathered in spring for salads.

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