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ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Nipplewort
Botanical name: Lapsana communis    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Lapsana pubescens, Lapsana glandulosa

Nipplewort is an annual or perennial herbaceous plant growing up to 1-1.2 m tall, with hairy stems and clear (not milky) sap. The leaves are spirally arranged; larger leaves at the base of the flowering stem are often pinnate, with a large oval terminal leaflet and one to four small side leaflets, while smaller leaves higher on the stem are simple oval; all leaves have a toothed margin. The flowers are yellow, produced in a flower-head 1-2 cm in diameter. The flower-heads are borne numerous in loose clusters at the top of the stem. Nipplewort is found worldwide. In India it is found in Jammu and Kashmir.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Dachhigam, Kashmir.
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