Cicerbita alpina, SE: Torta, DE: Alpen-Milchlattich ,
NL: Alpensla, UK: Alpine Blue-sow-thistle
|| ||Cicerbita alpina (L.) Wallr.|
|| ||Lactuca alpina (L.) A. Gray, Mulgedium alpinum (L.) Less.|
|| ||Alpen-Milchlattich |
|| ||Alpine Blue-sow-thistle|
|| ||Asteraceae - Compositae, Aster family, Korgblommiga växter|
|| ||Perennial herb|
|| ||Height 50-200 cm, usually unbranched, reddish brown, upper part with glandular hairs|
|| ||Alternate; lowest leaves usually pinnate, terminal leaflet larger than rest, broadly triangular, uppermost leaves entire, long-tapered|
|| ||Corymbose cluster|
|| ||Hermaphrodite; Single flower-like capitula approx. 2.5 cm broad, surrounded by involucral bracts; capitulum flowers light blue–bluish violet (occasionally white), tongue-like, tip 5-toothed; stamens 5; gynoecium composed of 2 fused carpels; involucral bracts in many rows, triangular–tapered, with glandular hairs, purplish–dark|
|| ||July, August|
|| ||Linear, flat cypsela, crowned by unbranched hairs|
|| ||Moist soil in the birch forests, stream valleys and verdant pine forest|
|| ||From Dalarna to Torne Lapland|
Derivation of the botanical name:
Cicerbita, Cicharba, in Marcellus Empiricus, De Medicamentis, name of a plant thought to be a species of Sonchus (Marcellus Empiricus also known as Marcellus Burdigalensis (“Marcellus of Bordeaux”), was a Latin medical writer from Gaul at the turn of the 4th and 5th centuries.).
alpina, of alps, mountains.
- The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.