Wildflowers: Is this Cichorium intybus (Chicory)?

Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by Jon45150, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. Jon45150

    Jon45150 Active Member

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    Chicory is one of those plant that I see all over the place, but this has white flowers and the petal fringes look totally different, so I am not sure.
     

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    tipularia Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Does not look like it. Can you post a photo showing more of the plant?
     
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    Looks a lot like chicory to me.
    A friend posted about white chicory flowers, back in '09.
    http://wiseacre-gardens.com/wordpress/white-chicory/

    There do seem to be differences, on close comparison... as tipularia requested... any chance of seeing the plant?
     
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    I should have posted these photos along with the first photo...
     

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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Does it have milky sap?
     
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    David in L A Active Member 10 Years

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    Lactuca biennis?
     
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    This is one of the rare times I did not tear a leaf and check. Normally I do this to check for scent/sap/other odd characteristics, but this time I thought I just found a white Chicory plant so I did not bother.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Well, I was leaning toward Lactuca when I first saw it, but the sap would be help confirm / eliminate that. White-flowered chicory individuals do occur, though -- I suppose the next question is whether there were any blue-flowered chicory in the area.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    I don't think the leaves or inflorescence are right for chicory.
     
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    and when you think you know a plant.... This plant was at the Cinciinnati Nature Center (Rowe Woods) which is quite large (larger than UBC) and I am not 100% sure exactly where I saw the plant- and we are not going back there this weekend. It seems like the only way to find out what this plant is for certain is to check the sap.

    Chicory grows all over the place around here and I must admit I have never looked very closely at the plant. Next time I see it I will examine it, just to become more familiar.

    I do like the Lactuca possibility. It does grow around here, but normally I see the yellow variety (I did not know there was a blue/white variety).
     
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    tipularia Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Andrey Zharkikh Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Not only. You should check for the pappus: Cichorium has a pappus of plumose bristles, whereas Lactuca has simple, slightly barbellate capillary bristles.
     
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    David in L A Active Member 10 Years

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    I thought all Cichorieae had milky sap.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    You're right, David. I stand corrected.
     

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