Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1151

Forb
Perennial
Has milky sap (latex)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in Coastal Plain)

Look for it in forests, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate, reduced upward

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Rays: Yellowish/ Greenish-white
Disc: Absent
Ray flowers bisexual
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Reddish-brown
Achene

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Nabalus altissimus   FAMILY Asteraceae_

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Prenanthes altissima   FAMILY Asteraceae_

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-06-005:
Prenanthes altissima   FAMILY Asteraceae_

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Nabalus altissimus

 

COMMON NAME:
Tall White Lettuce, Tall Rattlesnake-root


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image of Nabalus altissimus, Tall White Lettuce, Tall Rattlesnake-root

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_naal3_001_lvd

        

image of Nabalus altissimus, Tall White Lettuce, Tall Rattlesnake-root

JK Marlow    jkm0507n_32

July    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Basal leaves, if present, broad and triangular or palmately lobed or divided, per Newcomb's Wildflower Guide.

image of Nabalus altissimus, Tall White Lettuce, Tall Rattlesnake-root

JK Marlow    jkm160919_002

September    Polk County    NC

Pearson's Falls

Petioles winged; leaf blades usually ovate or triangular, often deeply 3-lobed, per Flora of North America.

image of Nabalus altissimus, Tall White Lettuce, Tall Rattlesnake-root

JK Marlow    jkm160919_004

September    Polk County    NC

Pearson's Falls

Leaf bases truncate to hastate or cordate, margins entire or shallowly dentate, per Flora of North America.

image of Nabalus altissimus, Tall White Lettuce, Tall Rattlesnake-root

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_prenanthes_altissimum

October        

Usually 5 florets in each head, subtended by 5 smooth principal bracts, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE involucral bracts of Rattlesnake-root