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Sonchus oleraceus

Sonchus oleraceus L.

 

Sow Thistle, Common Sow Thistle, Common Sowthistle

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderAsteralesFlowering plants with a central disk flower and surrounding petals, like daisies
FamilyAsteraceaeThe aster family, which also includes daisies and sunflowers; from the Greek ἀστήρ, “star,” for the star-shaped flowers
GenusSonchusGreek for “sowthistle”
SpeciesoleraceusResembling garden herbs or vegetables used in cooking

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Sonchus oleraceus (Sow Thistle, Common Sow Thistle, Common Sowthistle)

8/2/2008 · Flying Mountain, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 3 × 2" (7.9 × 5.3 cm) ID is uncertain

Sonchus oleraceus (Sow Thistle, Common Sow Thistle, Common Sowthistle)

7/17/2009 · Mt. Lebanon St, Trail, Pepperell, MA
≈ 1¼ × 1¾" (3.6 × 5 cm) ID is uncertain

Sonchus oleraceus (Sow Thistle, Common Sow Thistle, Common Sowthistle)

9/29/2013 · Compass Harbor, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 5 × 4½" (12 × 12 cm) ID is uncertain

Sonchus oleraceus (Sow Thistle, Common Sow Thistle, Common Sowthistle)

9/29/2013 · Compass Harbor, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 7 × 6" (18 × 14 cm) ID is uncertain

Sonchus oleraceus description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 5 Oct 2016.

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Sonchus oleraceus (Sow Thistle, Common Sow Thistle, Common Sowthistle)

7/27/2015 · Two Lights, Cape Elizabeth, ME
≈ 2 × 1¾" (5.6 × 4.6 cm)

Sonchus oleraceus (Sow Thistle, Common Sow Thistle, Common Sowthistle)

7/17/2009 · Mt. Lebanon St, Trail, Pepperell, MA
≈ 3 × 4½" (7.7 × 11 cm) ID is uncertain

Sonchus oleraceus (Sow Thistle, Common Sow Thistle, Common Sowthistle)

9/29/2013 · Compass Harbor, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 8 × 7" (20 × 16 cm) ID is uncertain

Sonchus oleraceus (Sow Thistle, Common Sow Thistle, Common Sowthistle)

7/27/2015 · Two Lights, Cape Elizabeth, ME
≈ 2½ × 2" (7.3 × 5.3 cm)

Sonchus oleraceus (Sow Thistle, Common Sow Thistle, Common Sowthistle)

7/27/2015 · Two Lights, Cape Elizabeth, ME
≈ 4 × 2½" (9.9 × 6.6 cm)

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