Lactuca floridana-Wild Lettuce, ETC.

Lactuca floridana (Wild Lettuce) on 8-29-19, #617-13.

Wild Lettuce, Woodland Lettuce, Florida Blue Lettuce, False Lettuce

Lactuca floridana

lak-TOO-kuh  flor-ih-DAY-na

Synonyms of Lactuca floridanaCicerbita acuminata Wallr., Cicerbita floridana (L.) Wallr., Cicerbita villosa Beauverd, Lactuca acuminata Spreng., Lactuca floridana var. villosa (Jacq.) Cronquist, Lactuca villosa Jacq., Mulgedium acuminatum DC., Mulgedium floridanum DC., Mulgedium lyratum Cass., Mulgedium villosum Small, Prenanthes sonchoides DC., Sonchus floridanus L., Sonchus lapponicus Froel., Wiestia acuminata Sch.Bip., Wiestia floridana Sch.Bip.

Lactuca floridana (L.) Gaertn. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Lactuca. It was named and described as such by Joseph Gaertner in De Fructibus et Seminibus Plantarum in 1791. It was first named and described as Sonchus floridanus by Carl von Linnaeus in the second volume of the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.

The genus, Lactuca L., was named and described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in the second volume of the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.

Plants of the World Online lists 111 species in the Lactuca genus (as of 2-21-20 when I am updating this page). It is a member of the Asteraceae Family with 1,763 genera. Those numbers may change.

Distribution map of Lactuca floridana from Plants of the World Online. Facilitated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; http://www.plantsoftheworldonline.org/. Retrieved on February 21, 2020.

Lactuca species are found pretty much worldwide but Lactuca floridana is a native of North America. The map on the USDA Plants Database is very similar to the one above provided by Plants of the World Online. It also includes the state of Minnesota.

There are many links at the bottom of the page for further reading and to help with positive ID.

Lactuca floridana (Wild Lettuce) on 8-29-19, #617-14.

I found several plants of Lactuca floridana growing in a shady area north of the pond. There are several Lactuca species growing here.

I have many wildflower pages to add to this site so I decided to add the photos and come back later to add information. There are many links at the bottom of the page for further reading and to help with positive ID. Try using iNaturalist. Sign up, upload your photos, set your location, and it will give you suggestions as to what your plants are. You can submit your observations and other members will either agree or give you another suggestion.

 

Lactuca floridana (Wild Lettuce) on 8-29-19, #617-15.

 

Lactuca floridana (Wild Lettuce) on 8-29-19, #617-16.

 

Lactuca floridana (Wild Lettuce) on 8-29-19, #617-17.

 

Lactuca floridana (Wild Lettuce) on 8-29-19, #617-18.

 

Lactuca floridana (Wild Lettuce) on 8-29-19, #617-19.

 

Lactuca floridana (Wild Lettuce) on 8-29-19, #617-20.

 

Lactuca floridana (Wild Lettuce) on 8-29-19, #617-21.

I will add more information as soon as I can.

I have enjoyed photographing and learning about the many wildflowers growing on the farm and other areas. I have grown over 500 different plants and most have pages listed on the right side of the blog. I am not an expert, botanist, or horticulturalist. I just like growing, photographing and writing about my experience. I rely on several websites for ID and a horticulturalist I contact if I cannot figure them out. Wildflowers can be somewhat variable from location to location, so sometimes it gets a bit confusing. If you see I have made an error, please let me know so I can correct what I have written.

I hope you found this page useful and be sure to check the links below for more information. They were written by experts and provide much more information. If you can, I would appreciate it if you would click on the “Like” below and leave a comment. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. You can also send an email to me at thebelmontrooster@yahoo.com. I would enjoy hearing from you.

FOR FURTHER READING:
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
WORLD FLORA ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
WIKIPEDIA (GENUS/SPECIES)
MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN
DAVE’S GARDEN
MISSOURI PLANTS
MSU-MIDWEST WEEDS AND WILDFLOWERS
iNATURALIST.ORG
WILDFLOWERSEARCH.ORG
USDA PLANTS DATABASE
LADY BIRD JOHNSON WILDFLOWER CENTER
KANSAS WILDFLOWERS AND GRASSES
FLORA FINDER
EAT THE WEEDS
KANSAS NATIVE PLANTS
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