Lactuca inermis Forssk.

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Lactuca inermis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rhodes Camp, Inyanga NP

Lactuca inermis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rhodes Camp, Inyanga NP

Lactuca inermis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common bridge

Lactuca inermis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Lactuca inermis

Photo: Petra Ballings
Shaneragh rd, Mandara, Harare

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Synonyms: Lactuca capensis Thunb.
Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Perennial herb, growing up to 1.5 m tall but usually much smaller. The leaves and stems contain a milky latex. The flower heads consist of ligulate florets only and are white to pale blue or mauve, rarely yellow.
Derivation of specific name: inermis : unarmed, without spines
Habitat: In grassland, particularly in disturbed places.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Sep - Mar
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Endemic status:
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Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 23.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 26.

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Pages 204 - 206. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Lactuca inermis
African Plant Database: Lactuca inermis
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Lactuca inermis
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JSTOR Plant Science: Lactuca inermis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Lactuca inermis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Lactuca inermis
The Plant List (version 1.1): Lactuca inermis
Tropicos: Lactuca inermis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Lactuca inermis., retrieved 21 April 2019

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