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Sonoran Desert Plants
Lactuca serriola (Prickly Lettuce,Compass Plant)

Coffee Pot Mountain


 Lactuca serriola

Habitat: disturbed areas
Life Form: forb,annual
Leaf Description: alternate,spiny,lanceolate
Flower Color: yellow
Flowering Period: summer
Spines: spiny leaves
Family: Asteraceae (sunflower family)
Abundance: uncommon
Additional Information:
Felger, R.S. and S. Rutman. 2016. Ajo Peak to Tinajas Altas: Flora of southwestern Arizona. Part 21. Eudicots: Asteraceae-Aster Family. Phytoneuron 2016-77: 1-164. Published 29 November 2016. ISSN 2153 733X page 94 (30.2 MB pdf)

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