NIPPLEWORT

Lapsana communis

Daisy & Dandelion Family [Asteraceae]  

Flowers:
month8jun month8june month8jul month8july month8Aug month8sep month8sept month8Oct

Pappus: pappusZpossible (short)
pappus8aug pappus8sep pappus8sept pappus8oct pappus8nov

status
statusZnative
flower
flower8yellow
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZmany
stem
stem8round

18th July 2007, Macclesfield Canal, Macclesfield. Photo: © RWD


25th June 2005, Peak Forest Canal, Strines. Photo: © RWD


20th June 2007, Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Diggle. Photo: © RWD


20th June 2007, Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Diggle. Photo: © RWD


24th June 2007, Peak Forest Canal, Furness Vale. Photo: © RWD


23rd May 2008, Shell Island, North Wales. Photo: © RWD


7th June 2008, canal feeder conduit, Rushton Spencer. Photo: © RWD


3rd Sept 2008, Hollingworth Branch, Daisy Nook, Greater M/cr.
Photo: © RWD
The nipples.


3rd Sept 2008, Hollingworth Branch, Daisy Nook, Greater M/cr. Photo: © RWD
The often straggly bedraggled appearance of the flowers.
The often straggly bedraggled appearance of the flowers.

18th July 2007, Macclesfield Canal, Macclesfield. Photo: © RWD


18th July 2007, Macclesfield Canal, Macclesfield. Photo: © RWD


Some similarities to : Wall Lettuce, but whereas Wall Lettuce has but five well-spaced out pale yellow ray florets (or 'petals'), Nipplewort has about three times as many (although far fewer than most members of the Daisy Family) and which often appear straggly or unkempt.

Distinguishing Feature : An open structure to the plant with well spaced ot branches. The flowers are smaller than most and are pale yellow with fewer 'petals' than is common for the Daisy family.

Confusion: There are two sub-species of Nipplewort; all three have the same common name, Nipplewort:

  • Lapsana comumunis. Annual. Fairly ubiquitous throughout the UK
  • Lapsana comumunis subsp. communis Annual. Half as widespread as above.
  • Lapsana comumunis subsp. intermidia Usually perennial. Quite rare in the UK.
The photographs below do not represent the last subspecies, intermedia.

Related to: Wall Lettuce

The large-teethed leaves are narrow lanceolate but few at the top, gradually becoming wider and more numerous the lower down they are until at the base the leaves large lobes and the sharp teeth have become blunt bite-marks.

There are two other sub-species of nipplewort, this is just one of them, I know not which.


  Lapsana communis  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Asteraceae  

Distribution
family8Daisy family8dandelion family8Asteracaea

 BSBI maps
genus8Lapsana
Lapsana
(Nipplewort)

NIPPLEWORT

Lapsana communis

Daisy & Dandelion Family [Asteraceae]  

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