Common name: Endive
Cichorium endivia L. APNI*
Description: Erect annual or biennial herb, 60–120 cm high; stems grooved.
Basal leaves to 15 cm long, up to 5 or more cm wide, oblong, toothed to deeply pinnatisect; cauline leaves smaller, 2 cm long, 2 cm wide, to bract-like, entire to lobed, ± glabrous; margins curled.
Heads terminal, or in clusters of 2–5 and axillary, stem swollen below terminal flower heads. Florets violet-blue.
Achenes c. 3 mm long, pale, smooth; pappus scales 1 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Escape from cultivation, naturalized in only a few localities in the Parkes and Wallendbeen areas. Native of Eur. & Asia.
NSW subdivisions: *CWS, *SWS
Cultivated world-wide as a salad vegetable.
Text by L. Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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