OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Lactuca hirsuta   FAMILY Asteraceae_   Go to FSUS key


INCLUDING PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lactuca hirsuta var. sanguinea   FAMILY Asteraceae_

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Lactuca hirsuta

INCLUDING PLANTS National Database
Lactuca hirsuta var. hirsuta

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 179-07-004:
Lactuca hirsuta   FAMILY Asteraceae_

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Lactuca hirsuta

 

COMMON NAME:
Red Wood Lettuce, Downy Lettuce, Hairy Lettuce


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June    Wake County    NC

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Fruiting involucres 15-22mm tall (vs. those of L. canadensis 10-15mm tall), per Weakley's Flora (2020).


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June    Wake County    NC

Annie Louise Wilkerson, MD Nature Preserve Park

Flowers heads relatively large, the involucres measuring 1/2"+ in height, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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June    Wake County    NC

Annie Louise Wilkerson, MD Nature Preserve Park

Lobes blocky, widest above base, tip blunt, square or rounded (like Post Oak), per Weakley's Flora.

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Bryan England    bry_image013

June    Wake County    NC

Annie Louise Wilkerson, MD Nature Preserve Park

Var. sanguinea: Lower leaves with midrib villous beneath, per Noteworthy Plants of Southeastern Virginia (Fernald, 1938) .

image of Lactuca hirsuta, Red Wood Lettuce, Downy Lettuce, Hairy Lettuce

Bryan England    bry_mage016

June    Wake County    NC

Annie Louise Wilkerson, MD Nature Preserve Park

Var. sanguinea: Stem glabrous or essentially so, per Noteworthy Plants of Southeastern Virginia (Fernald, 1938) .

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Lactuca hirsuta   FAMILY Asteraceae_

INCLUDING PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lactuca hirsuta var. sanguinea   FAMILY Asteraceae_

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Lactuca hirsuta

INCLUDING PLANTS National Database
Lactuca hirsuta var. hirsuta

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 179-07-004:
Lactuca hirsuta   FAMILY Asteraceae_

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Lactuca hirsuta

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

1893

Forb
Biennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Rare

Habitat: forests and forest edges, per Weakley's Flora

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DOES THE PLANT HAVE "MILKY SAP"?
Has milky sap (latex)

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Rays: Orange-yellow/Blue
Disc: Absent
Ray flowers bisexual
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall

 

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