Lactuca abyssinica Fresen.
Lactuca capensis Thunb.
Lactuca hochstetteri (A.Rich.) Sch.Bip. ex Oliv.
Lactuca holophylla Baker
Lactuca kenyaensis Stebbins
Lactuca lebrunii Robyns
Lactuca leptocephala Stebbins
Lactuca pallidicoerulea Dinter
Lactuca rariflora Fresen.
Lactuca seretii De Wild.
Lactuca vanderystii De Wild.
Lactuca yemensis Deflers
Pyrrhopappus hochstetteri A.Rich.
Pyrrhopappus humilis A.Rich.
Lactuca inermis is a sparsely-branched, erect, herbaceous perennial plant. It produces a stem 5 - 150cm tall, occasionally to 240cm tall, from a long, thick taproot[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.
Africa - widespread from moister areas of the Sahel south to S. Africa and Madagascar; Arabian Peninsula - Yemen.
A pioneer species, found in grassland, woodland, fallow land and roadsides; Generally in higher rainfall areas, favouring moist localities and seasonally wet depressions; at elevations from 650 - 2,800 metres, sometimes ascending to 3,450 metres[
The plant can become a weed in disturbed soils[
The plant flowers throughout the year, often without leaves being present[
Leaves and young shoots - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
An infusion of the older leaves is drunk as a cure for venereal diseases[
An infusion of the boiled roots is drunk as a cure for venereal diseases[
The pulverized root is applied as a poultice to sores, ulcers, leprosy and eczema[
A trace of alkaloid has been detected in the roots, none in the leaves, nor any other active principle[
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