Wild Lettuce

Wild Lettuce.

Common name

Wild Lettuce

Scientific Name

Lactuca saligna

Type of plant

Daisies & Thistles (Family Asteraceae)

About this weed

This weed is very similar to Lactuca serriola (the Prickly Lettuce) except that it has no prickles. It is native to Eurasia but how it came to Western Australia isn’t documented.

Description

Wild Lettuce is a rigid, erect annual or biennial weed growing from a taproot to about 1 m high. It is more slender than Prickly Lettuce and the leaves are narrow and deeply lobed with no prickles.The flower head has pale yellow ray florets with toothed tips.

Impact on Bushland

Not available.

Location

Scattered along drainage lines in the wetter areas of the Eremaean and South-West Provinces.

Priority for removal

High: major threat to the conservation values of Banksia woodlands and South-West Province.

Management (hand)

Not available.

Management (herbicide)

Not available.

Flowering month/s

January, February, March, April, May

Flower colour/s

Yellow

Information source

https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/8095

Additional information

https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/weeds/swanweeds/

Hussey, B.M.J., Keighery, G.J., Dodd, J., Lloyd, S.G. and Cousens, R.D. (2007) Western weeds. A guide to the weeds of Western Australia, Second Edition, The Weeds Society of Western Australia, Victoria Park, Western Australia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lactuca_saligna

Wild Lettuce images


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