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Ankara, Turkey (Zone 7a)
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fahte
May 11, 2016 2:46 PM CST
This plant has suddenly grown in my garden, and I am not sure whether I should keep it. Could anybody tell me what it is?
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JRsbugs
May 11, 2016 3:07 PM CST
I would say Sonchus, there's six species in Turkey. Now all we need to do is find them.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20428066

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JRsbugs
May 11, 2016 3:42 PM CST
Sonchus oleraceus seems to be a common wheat crop invader in Turkey. It's a wide spread species, leaves can vary, they are not prickly and have a milky sap if the stem is broken. Common name Sowthistle.

When you get flower buds it will help. A few species in Europe ...

http://flora.nhm-wien.ac.at/Seiten-Gattungen/Sonchus.htm

http://luirig.altervista.org/flora/taxa/floraspecie.php?gene...

I found Wildflowers of Turkey!

http://yabanicicek.com/sonchus-oleraceus-ek-bilgi.php

Sonchus asper is the only other on the site, it is prickly. I have both species.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Sonchus+oleraceus&source=l...

http://yabanicicek.com/sonchus-asper.php

http://www.cabi.org/isc/datasheet/50584

It's edible. Hilarious!

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=KDb48fBSpjkC&pg=PA299&lp...
Ankara, Turkey (Zone 7a)
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fahte
May 11, 2016 5:43 PM CST
Yes, it looks to be a variety of sonchus, even though the leaves don't exactly match any of the varieties I have seen so far.
Thank You!
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
May 11, 2016 7:24 PM CST
The two mentioned are the most common.

On the google books link it mentions Sonchus oleraceus has a slender spine that is long and hairy.

I can see something on the spine which looks black.

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We don't know which species the other 3 are, (Sonchus erzincanicus is in one location only and rare).

https://thefloatingtroubadour.wordpress.com/science-stuff/so...

Keys to some on efloras ..

http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=1&taxon_id=1...

Sonchus tenerrimus and S. palustris could be two more ..

http://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Sonchus&item_type=to...




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