Wild Lettuce

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Vegetative plants (rosette, left; bolted plant, right).  Key characteristics: leaves are lobed in a similar fashion as dandelion; however, there are a row a conspicuous spines on the midvein of the lower leaf surface (below).

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Midvein spines.

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Flowers and fruit.


Seed.  Seed are distinctly flattened with a scaly appearance.  Seed have a pappus; but, it easily becomes detached.  Length is approximately 3.0 to 4.0 mm.

Life cycle: variable; annual or biennial.