Lactuca sativa

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaAsteraceaeLactucaLactuca sativa

Ecology

An annual or biennial herb long cultivated as a salad plant, and frequently escaping onto waste ground or persisting on abandoned arable land; also a bird-seed alien occurring casually on tips. Lowland.

Status

Casual

World Distribution

L. sativa was derived in cultivation from wild relatives, the closest of which is L. serriola. The first evidence for its cultivation comes from Ancient Egypt.

JNCC Designations

NBNSYS0000004538