Asteraceae Fortnight Part 3-Ligulate Heads : 10072013MR04 wild herb from Pune for ID-MR04 : Attachments (3). 6 posts by 2 authors.
requesting identification of this weak wild herb with soft spiny leaves.
one unopened bud was seen
I found a half closed flower on the same plant attaching pixs of the same
Attaching pixs of flower and ?fruit of the plant.
can this plant be Annual Sow-thistle Sonchus oleraceus
the description of the flower head beginning to open; a wide pink stripe colors the back of each ligule matches the description of the flower head in my post. attching the pic of half opened flower head again for ref
efi page on Sonchus oleraceus
No efI post helps! I can only say that it can be S. oleraceus L. if we agree 1) phyllaries have more or less obtuse apices, 2) ligules of S. oleraceus can be hairy outside.
I imagine if this can be of help.
1′ Annual from taproots; fruit weakly to strongly flattened
3′ Stem stout; leaves toothed or with wide lobes; fruit flat, with thin edges, smooth or cross-roughened; ligule <= corolla tube; widespread and common
Yes it is closest to S. oleraceous but leaves look totally different.
Many thanks … for the help to Id this plant.
… yes the leaves look very different. The leaves were very thin and soft . the spines also were soft