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Lactuca sativa (Lettuce)


Wikipedia Abstract

(For other uses, see Lettuce (disambiguation).) Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) is an annual plant of the daisy family, Asteraceae. It is most often grown as a leaf vegetable, but sometimes for its stem and seeds. Lettuce is most often used for salads, although it is also seen in other kinds of food, such as soups, sandwiches and wraps; it can also be grilled. One variety, the woju (莴苣), or asparagus lettuce (celtuce), is grown for its stems, which are eaten either raw or cooked. In addition to its main use as a leafy green, it has also gathered religious and medicinal significance over centuries of human consumption. Europe and North America originally dominated the market for lettuce, but by the late 20th century the consumption of lettuce had spread throughout the world. World production of le
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Edible [1]  May be edible. See the Plants For A Future link below for details.
Flower Type [1]  Hermaphrodite
Hazards [1]  The mature plant is mildly toxic;
Lifespan [1]  Annual/Biennial
Pollinators [1]  Flies, Bats
Structure [2]  Herb
Usage [1]  Parasiticide; No further details are given, but it is probably the sap of flowering plants that is used. The seed is said to be used to make hair grow on scar tissue;
Height [1]  35 inches (0.9 m)
Width [1]  10 inches (0.25 m)
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Archipelago de Colon Biosphere Reserve 34336011 Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  
Nahuel Huapi National Park II 759703 Argentina  
Palava Protected Landscape Area V   Czech Republic  



Parasitized by 
Filenchus exiguus <Unverified Name>[7]
Golovinomyces cichoracearum[4]
Helicotylenchus dihystera (Steiner's spiral nematode)[7]
Olpidiaster brassicae[4]
Puccinia opizii[4]


Attributes / relations provided by
1Plants For A Future licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
2Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
3Biological Records Centre Database of Insects and their Food Plants
4Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
5New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Plant-SyNZ™ database
6Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
7Species Interactions of Australia Database, Atlas of Living Australia, Version ala-csv-2012-11-19
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0