Taxon: Lactuca sativa L.

Genus: Lactuca
Section: Lactuca
Family: Asteraceae (alt.Compositae)
Subfamily: Cichorioideae
Tribe: Cichorieae
Subtribe: Lactucinae
Nomen number: 21360
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2:795. 1753
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 02-Oct-1996 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 19-Mar-2009
Species priority site is: Western Regional PI Station (W6)
Accessions: 2167 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Human food: oil/fat (in Egypt)
  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals ()


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  • Fruits: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image