Mycelis muralis

Wall Lettuce

Erect, slender plant with widely branched stems; contains milky sap. Leaves clasping; lower leaves unusually pinnately divided into usually 5 large angular, toothed segments; few upper leaves smaller. Inflorescence consists of open clusters of many flower heads, each with 5 yellow, extended, ray-like disk flowers. Many flower heads open only for morning; flying seeds with long white bristles more noticeable in afternoon. Native of Europe, now found in large numbers along roads even in logged areas.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: All Summer
  • Life Cycle: Annual
  • Height: 2--4 feet
  • Habitat: West-Side Forest, Meadow, Disturbed
  • Found In: Mt. Rainier Np, Olympic Np, N Cascades Np, Siskiyous
  • Native: No

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