Mycelis Muralis, Wall Lettuce



Common name:
Wall lettuce
Scientific name:
Mycelis muralis
Main flower color:
Range:
Most of England and Wales; less common in the east
Height:
Up to 100 cm
Habitat:
Woodland, old walls, grassy banks, especially on calcareous soils
Flowers:
Open clusters on slender, branched stems. Flowerheads are small, at most 1 cm in diameter, formed of five yellow florets, above a narrow, cylindrical involucre lined by two rows of reddish phyllaries. Those in the inner row are linear and appressed, while those at the base are much shorter, triangular, and spreading. Branches in the inflorescence are approximately at 90 degrees
Leaves:
Pinnately lobed, with a large, triangular terminal lobe and a winged stalk. Stem leaves are clasping, arrow-shaped at the base. Dull green, often with a reddish tint
Season:
June to September
Rarity:
★★★★★