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Sonchus asper

Laiteron épineux
Spiny Sow-thistle

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

yellow

Flower size

25 mm

Flowering months

June,

July,

August,

September,

October

Leaf type

Hastate

Height

120 cm

Description

Sow thistles, when cut, discharge a milky substance (latex). The upper leaves clasp the stem. The lobes of the Sonchus are an aid for identification: whereas the lobes of Sonchus asper are rounded and presssed against the stem, the lobes of Sonchus oleraceus are triangular and pointed.

Flowers

Flowers have ray florets only. Bracts usually in 3 rows.

Leaves

Hastate spear-shaped leaf with horizontal lobes at base. Spear-shaped leaves clasp the stem, with rounded lobes folded towards the stem. The margins, soft and spiny, can be deeply lobed or not.

Fruits Seeds

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

Edible

Young leaves: before the spine stiffens, slightly bitter.

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