Sonchus arvensis, SE: Åkermolke, DE: Acker-Gänsedistel,
NL: Akkermelkdistel, UK: Field sowthistle

Scientific name:  Sonchus arvensis L.
Swedish name:  Åkermolke
German name:  Acker-Gänsedistel
Nederlandse naam:  Akkermelkdistel
English name:  Field sowthistle
Plant Family:  Asteraceae, Compositae, Korgblommiga

Flowers in Sweden

Life form:  Perennial
Stems:  To 1.5m tall, erect, herbaceous, glabrous, glaucous, hollow, with milky sap, branching above in inflorescence, single from stout taproot or stolons; the upper stem and bracts have conspicuous yellow glandular hairs.
Leaves:  Alternate, lobed, toothed, prickly edges
Flowers:  Similar to a dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), bright yellow; bracts, green and bristly with sticky hairs
Flowering Period:  June, July, August, September
Fruits:  reddish, ribbed and have a tuft of hair (pappus) at the top.
Habitat:  Throughout the country except in the northernmost parts where it occurs more sparingly; Waste ground, roadsides, railroads

vilda blommor i Sverige

Derivation of the botanical name:
Sonchus,Greek name for sow-thistle plants.
arvensis, arvum, field, cultivated land, plowed land; ensis adjective suffix for nouns: country or place of origin or habitat. MeaningL: "of cultivated fields".
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.

The fruit of the Sonchus arvensis is an achene and can be distinguished from the Sonchus oleraceus by its deeper and more prominent ribs, and because it lacks the two distinct narrow longitudinal grooves present on each side of Sonchus oleraceus.
The Sonchus arvensis is a perennial plant , while the Sonchus oleraceus is an annual.

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Sonchus arvensis, Åkermolke, Acker-Gänsedistel, Akkermelkdistel, Field sowthistle

Flora of Sweden online, Native plants, Sverige