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Wild Lettuce, Opium Lettuce
Asteraceae
Lactuca virosa


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Asteraceae Family

Lactuca Genus

Location

This one was found in Utah.

Physical Description
They are annuals or perennials. Their height can vary between 10-180 cm. They form heads or capitula in panicles of yellow, brown or purple flowers in ray florets.




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General Information

AKA: Wild Lettuce, Bitter lettuce, Laitue vireuse, Opium Lettuce, Poisonous Lettuce, or Rakutu-Karyumu-So.
The plant has been used as an anesthetic and a sleep aid, as well as recreationally. Oils and extracts can also be produced from L. virosa. These oils and extracts are often added to tea to help induce sleep.
It has also been found to increases breast milk in women, particularly when used in combination with alfalfa.
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Prickly Lettuce:
The closest wild relative of cultivated lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.)
They emit a milky sap when cut.
The plant can be eaten as a salad, although it has something of a bitter taste.
It can also cause euphoria, relaxation, and at very high doses visual and auditory distortions from the lactucarium, although not as potent as the opiate effects of Lactuca virosa
The Egyptian god Min is associated with this variety of lettuce.
A common name for Prickly Lettuce is "Compass Plant", because the leaves on the main stem grow vertically in a north-south plane, perpendicular to the sun.



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