Lactuca paradoxa

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Lactuca paradoxa

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Scandent herb 1.8-2.1 m high; stems flexuous, divaricately branching, the older ones sometimes with papery bark, glabrous or very sparsely pilose; latex white, copious. Leaves pinnatifid to pinnate, 4-10 cm long, 2-5.5 cm wide; petiole to 4 cm long, narrowly winged, blade with 1-2 pairs of lateral lobes, these cuneate or these and the terminal lobe ovate with a cordate base, dentate margins and acuminate apex, .the very base of the whole leaf auriculate-semi-amplexicaul, the lateral lobes stalked briefly, glabrous or sparsely setose on the veins; leaves near and in inflorescence entire, unlobed, and small. Capitula many in divaricately branched
terminal panicles to 40 cm long; involucre 8-12 mm long; phyllaries reddish or deep purple, ovate to elliptic, 2-13 mm long, obtuse, glabrous except for the very apex which has a small tuft of hairs. Florets 4-5; corolla pale yellow, tube cylindric, 6-7 mm long, pilose distally, ligules 4.5-5 mm long. Achenes pale brown, ellipsoid, hardly flattened, 5-5.5 mm long including the 0.5-1 mm long beak, seemingly glabrous but microscopically puberulous; pappus white, 6-8.5 mm long.

from: Jeffrey, C. & Beentje, H. J. 2000: Cichorieae. – Pp. 63-108 in: Beentje, H. J. & Smith, S. A. L. (ed.), Flora of Tropical East Africa. Compositae (Part 1). – Kew.


Africa: EthiopianativeA,B,C,D,E,F,G,H; KenyanativeA,B,C,D,E,F,I; MalawinativeA,B,F; SudannativeE; TanzanianativeA,B,C,D,E,F; UgandanativeA,B,C,D,E,F; ZairenativeA,B,C,D,F,H,J


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