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Young Lactuca ID request. (Wild lettuce opium)
    #14254692 - 04/07/11 08:05 PM (3 years, 6 months ago)

So i've been on the look out for this plant, and i think i've found some young ones since it's still early in the season.















They were growing under a conifer with some other weeds, and some other kind of lettuce (maybe you can see it in the first pic)

It has the spines in the leaf edge/stalk,  and milk flows when the leaf is broken.

What do you think? I'm pretty sure its a lettuce, judging by the leaf shape it looks kind of like Lactuca Virosa.

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Re: Young Lactuca ID request. (Wild lettuce opium) [Re: Shins]
    #14259197 - 04/08/11 05:31 PM (3 years, 6 months ago)

It looks like a lettuce but it will be hard to tell if its virosa until it gets older and shoots out the center stalk.

Does it have a large tap root?


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Re: Young Lactuca ID request. (Wild lettuce opium) [Re: aNeway2sayHooray]
    #14260193 - 04/08/11 08:46 PM (3 years, 6 months ago)

Yeah, that's what i was thinking.  I didn't pull any up so i'm not sure about the tap root, that's one thing ill look out for as well as the stalk / flowers.

I wonder how many if any other lettuces have spines like that.

They look like some picture i''ve seen so i guess ill just hae to wait and see if they send up a stalk.

They look pretty tempting right now to eat in a salad :laugh:


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Re: Young Lactuca ID request. (Wild lettuce opium) [Re: Shins]
    #14261958 - 04/09/11 08:23 AM (3 years, 6 months ago)

Ok post a pic when it gets bigger and gets a stalk and more leaves
It should have leaves looking like those ones on it, but its best to wait and see,
Allthough you can just get a peice of it and chew it up, if its realy bitter than its probably all good, i dont think there are any poisonous lookalikes to that so i think it should be safe enough :shrug:


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Re: Young Lactuca ID request. (Wild lettuce opium) [Re: Locky]
    #14261959 - 04/09/11 08:24 AM (3 years, 6 months ago)

Also make sure the resign dries Orange, if it dries clear or yellow, dont eat it


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