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:
The photographs below do not represent the last subspecies, intermedia.
- 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.
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.