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Sonchus oleraceus

Laiteron maraîcher
Smooth Sow-thistle

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

yellow

Flower size

20-25 mm

Flowering months

February,

March,

April,

May,

June,

July,

August,

September,

October

Leaf type

Hastate,

Pinnatisect

Height

to 2 m

Description

Sow thistles, when cut, discharge a milky substance (latex). A smooth plant with fleshy stalks and leaves.

It can grow to impressive heights (2m).

Flowers

Flowers are in clusters, mid-yellow with soft spiny bracts.

Leaves

Hastate spear-shaped leaf with horizontal lobes at base, Pinnatisect leaf is deeply lobed, almost to the central midrib. Spear-shaped, sometimes with deeply lobed margins almost to midrib, serrated with irregular soft points. Leaves clasp the stem with triangular, pointed leaf-bases.

Fruits Seeds

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

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