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Mar 10, 2018 11:06 AM CST
Name: Kate
FL (Zone 8b)
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I'm having trouble identifying this plant that is all over my yard. Is it wild lettuce, dandelions, or what could it be? I'm located in North FL near Talquin States forest.
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Mar 10, 2018 12:22 PM CST
Name: Jai or Jack
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I'm not sure what kinds of Hypochaeris grow in Florida but that's what it reminds me of.
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Mar 10, 2018 1:40 PM CST

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It certainly has the look of a Compositae memeber. Do you have any photos of the flower?
The basal leaves could be of Crepis or Hypoechoeris.
It's a huge family with many possibilities.
Mar 10, 2018 5:35 PM CST
Name: Kate
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Yorkshirelass said: Welcome!

It certainly has the look of a Compositae memeber. Do you have any photos of the flower?
The basal leaves could be of Crepis or Hypoechoeris.

There is no flowers on any of them. Just the leaves.
Mar 10, 2018 5:37 PM CST
Name: Kate
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Jai_Ganesha said:I'm not sure what kinds of Hypochaeris grow in Florida but that's what it reminds me of.

I looked up this plant- and it's not this one...however, I do have those growing all over my yard, too. I thought they were dandelions.. or maybe they are. I don't know... There seems to be 10 plants that look like the same plant for so many plants. How do you ever properly identify?
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Mar 10, 2018 5:41 PM CST
Name: Kate
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Some of the bunches have prickly looking leaves, and some are more rounded...I think you can see that in the photos.
Mar 14, 2018 4:56 PM CST
Name: Kate
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Still trying to figure out what plant this is...
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Mar 14, 2018 5:50 PM CST
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You are right, they all look alike. If the flowers are yellow, we may have to ID it as Another DYC. Smiling
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Mar 15, 2018 4:05 AM CST
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I think it's a dandelion. Dreaded weed in lawns.
Mar 15, 2018 9:01 AM CST
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Mar 15, 2018 10:01 AM CST
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Kate, you might be on the right track with some kind of wild lettuce. It does look like prickly lettuce which grows all over the US.

Here's a link to the database pictures: Prickly Lettuce (Lactuca serriola)

Or it could be False dandelion, Hypochaeris radicata as already mentioned above.

It's not dandelion ( Taraxacum ) which has a very distinct leaf, like this:

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Which is not a weed in my book. Actually dandelions are one of the best foods on the planet, very nutritious and good for spring cleaning of the entire body. Every part of dandelion is edible and good for you. (Of course, if it has been sprayed with pesticides, it's no longer good as food so don't eat if you have used chemicals in your lawn or don't know how the lawn has been treated).
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Mar 15, 2018 1:28 PM CST
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It's one of the native FL wild lettuces. Kate, you will have several varieties. You will most likely have this one too.
Grassleaf Lettuce (Lactuca graminifolia)

We will have a lot of the same things growing wild. You can check my plant list anytime to find out what you have.
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