Sonchus oleraceus L.

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Sonchus oleraceus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Sonchus oleraceus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Common names: Smooth sow-thistle (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Introduced
Tall annual weed ( up to 1.2 m). A native of Europe and North Africa but now a near cosmopolitan weed.
Derivation of specific name: oleraceus: vegetable-garden herb used in cooking
Habitat: In gardens, on roadsides and other disturbed places.
Altitude range: (metres) 500 - 1800 m
Flowering time:All year
Worldwide distribution: A native of Europe and North Africa but now a near cosmopolitan weed.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 149. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 38.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Sonchus oleraceus., retrieved 1 June 2016

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