Botanical name: Lactuca dissecta Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Lactuca auriculata
Split-Leaf Lettuce is an annual herb, 40 cm tall. Stems are solitary, erect, branching from the base, branches slender, hairless. Middle and lower part of the whole leaf shape is inverted-lanceshaped, deeply lobed or pinnately cut, 3-7 cm long, 1-3.5 cm wide, lateral lobes 3-6 pairs, diamond- or fan-shaped, round or toothed comb. Flowers are borne in clusters at the top and then leaves smaller, lanceolate or linear-lanceolate. All leaves are hairless, base stalkless, ear-shaped arrow-shaped or semi-stem-clasping. Blue flower-heads are bore on top of the stem and branches arranged in loose corymbose inflorescence. Achenes light brown, oblanceolate, long 2.3 mm, width of 1 mm. Pappus white, thin, hairy, 3 mm long.
Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
The flower labeled Split-Leaf Lettuce is ...