Common name: Willow-leaved Lettuce
Lactuca saligna L. APNI*
Description: Annual or biennial, 30–100 cm high; stem glabrous, whitish.
Leaves green, sometimes with spines along lower midrib; lower leaves pinnatisect with narrow lobes or runcinate, 8–20 cm long, 0.5–5 cm wide; upper leaves entire to pinnatifid, stem-clasping, with acute auricles.
Heads 1–3 together in the axils of reduced leaves, shortly pedicellate; involucral bracts 3- or 4-seriate.
Achenes 5–9 mm long; body 3–4 mm long, 7- or 8-ribbed on each face, minutely muricate below pale beak; pappus c. 3 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Common weed of gardens, roadsides, wasteland, cultivation, and degraded pastures, west to the Cobar area. Native of Europe, Asia, Africa.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *SWP, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *Tas. *W.A. *S.A.
Text by L. Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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