Title Info
Common name Lettuce
Scientific name Lactuca sativa
Taxonomic group Asteraceae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Economic botany Food plants
Food plants Vegetables
Selection and adaptations Variation
Lessons Biodiversity
Keywords Compositae
Lettuce, <i>Lactuca sativa</i>
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Lettuce. Originally from the Middle East or Asia Minor, lettuce was eaten by the Egyptians over 6,000 years ago, and Greeks and Romans later cultivated the species. Notice the wide variation among different types of lettuce seen in this image.