Lapsana communis  nipplewort Asteraceae LACO*; Bx, pb, vc, sd, wv (Yost et al. 1991); Q, a; R, mls;


Lapsana communis

Lapsana communis.Forest and Kim (Accessed 4/2014).

Lapsana communis is an annual herb, 15-150 cm tall, sap milky (sometimes very slightly), often hairy. 

Leaves alternate, lower leaves stalked, sometimes lobed at base, blade 2.5-10 cm long, 2-7 cm wide, narrowed and smaller upwards, leaves of inflorescence often narrowly lance-shaped. 

Flowers yellow, 8-15 all rays, dandelion-like, basal bracts of head smooth, subequal, keeled, bracteate base 0.5-0.8 cm tall; inflorescence widely branched, blooms June-Aug. 

Fruit dry achenes 0.3-0.5 cm long, curved, unadorned; fruits to Oct.(Hough 1983). 

Wetland status: UPL. 

Frequency in NYC: Infrequent. 

Origin: Eurasia. 

Habitat: Open areas, roadsides, edges, meadows.