Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Willowleaf Lettuce - Lactuca saligna   L.
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DistributionMountains only. Records range from 1946-1958; then 1987 (Macon County).

Native of Europe; in N.A. from Que. to Ont., WI, and NE south to GA and TX; also some western states.
AbundanceFormerly rare, possibly very rare now.
HabitatDisturbed woods and forests, roadbank, railroad, pasture, downtown weed (Franklin in Macon Co.).
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting August-November.
IdentificationIn a group of plants (Lactuca) that often look much alike, this one is a welcome relief. Its leaves are dissected into the narrowest segments of any Lactuca, usually linear or broadly linear, with the midrib being strikingly whitish. Moreover, the inflorescence is unique in being very long (a foot or more), unbranched, the heads narrow and sessile. The florets are pale yellow -- others in the genus are medium yellow or lavender-blue.
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