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  1. Family: Asteraceae Bercht. & J.Presl
    1. Genus: Lactuca L.
      1. Lactuca imbricata Hiern

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to S. Tropical Africa.


    Compositae, G. V. Pope. Flora Zambesiaca 6:1. 1992

    An erect ± robust perennial herb to 1 m. tall, exceptionally to c. 2 m. tall; rootstock semi-woody, narrowly turbinate.
    Stems solitary, sometimes several, branching above, ± crowded leafy below, green occasionally purple-tinged, ± glaucous, glabrous or sometimes sparsely setulose.
    Leaves ascending or ± appressed to the stem, sessile membranous mostly pinnatipartite with a linear rhachis, up to c. 30 cm. long, elliptic in outline, remotely denticulate on the margins, glabrous or the midrib setose beneath; terminal lobe up to c. 12 x 0.7 cm., linear-lanceolate; lateral lobes in c. 5 pairs, remote, up to c. 8 x 0.6 cm., linear-lanceolate; basal leaves sometimes smaller and undivided, linear-lanceolate, remotely dentate, their lower portions often persisting as chartaceous scales, dark-brown lanate in the axils.
    Synflorescences terminal, laxly paniculate or corymbiform; branches up to c. 50 cm. long, divaricate, glabrous.
    Capitula stalked; involucres 15–23 x 6–8 mm. at time of flowering, increasing to c. 30 x 10 mm. in fruiting capitula, conical-cylindric becoming campanulate.
    Phyllaries imbricate increasing uniformly in length towards the inside, the outermost broadly ovate and rounded-obtuse, the innermost narrowly lanceolate and attenuate, ciliolate above otherwise glabrous, guttulate on exposed areas, usually glaucous, purple-tinged above and on the margins.
    Florets c. 20 per capitulum.
    Corollas yellowish-green, 14–23 mm. long, overtopping the involucres; tube narrowly cylindric, pilose at the throat outside, ligule c. 11 x 1.5 mm., lorate.
    Achenes reddish-brown, c. 12 x 2.5 mm. including the 4–5 mm. long beak, narrowly flattened-ellipsoid, broadly-ribbed on the margins with 1–2 smaller ribs between, hispidulous; pappus several-seriate, of fine white, barbellate setae, c. 11 mm. long.

    Compositae, H. Beentje, C. Jeffrey & D.J.N. Hind. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2005

    Perennial herb to 1(–2) m high; taproot semi-woody, over 2.5 cm in diameter, root-crown with old leaf-bases, lanate in the axils; stem usually solitary, pale glaucous green, sometimes purplish, bearing both leaves and capitula, glabrous or sparsely setose.
    Leaves ascending, pale glaucous green, sometimes with red-purple margin, sessile, membranous, mostly pinnatipartite, 5–35 cm long, base attenuate towards the amplexicaul part, rachis linear or narrowly lanceolate with 2–4 alternate lobes to 5 cm long and 0.3–0.6 cm wide, margins remotely denticulate, apices acute, glabrous or setose on the midrib beneath.
    Capitula many, in lax panicles to 50 cm long; involucre conical-cylindric, lengthening to campanulate after flowering, 15–30 mm long; phyllaries glaucous green with reddish tinge, ovate to lanceolate, 2–28 mm long, acute, papillose, with little hair-tufts at the apices.
    Florets ± 20; corolla pale yellow, tube cylindric, 8–10 mm long, pilose near the mouth, ligules 8–11 mm long, 1.5–2.5 mm wide.
    Achenes reddish brown, flattened ellipsoid, 8.5–10 mm including the 1.5–2 mm long beak, 1-ribbed on each side, minutely puberulous; pappus white, 9–13 mm long.
    Fig. 20/7 (achene).
    Brachystegia woodland or roadside grassland; 950–1250 m
    T2 T8



    Native to:

    Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Accepted Infraspecifics


    Other Data

    Lactuca imbricata Hiern appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Welwitsch [3656] K000251893 Unknown type material


    First published in Cat. Afr. Pl. 1: 620

    Accepted by

    • Roskov Y. & al. (eds.) (2018). Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands.


    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • G.V. Pope in Flora Zambesiaca 6: 203 (1992).
    • Lawalrée, Dethier & Gilissen in Flore d'Afrique Centrale Compositae: Cichorioideae: 68, t. 14 (1986).
    • Dethier in Bulletin du Jardin Botanique National de Belgique 52: 380 (1982).
    • C. Jeffrey in Kew Bulletin 18: 449 (1966).
    • Hiern, Cat. Afr. Pl. Welw. 1: 620 (1898).


    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa

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