Creeping Lettuce

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Asterales Asteraceae Ixeris Ixeris stolonifera
  • Plant Type: Perennial herb.
  • Color: Yellow
  • Flower Dimensions: 0.4 to 0.7 inches in diameter.
  • Blooming Season: Spring (April to June).
  • Places in Japan with Creeping Lettuce: Very widespread in open mountain slopes, Mount Oyama, Isehara, and Kanagawa.

Creeping Lettuce

The creeping lettuce is a flowering plant of the Asteraceae family. It is a widespread species in Japan. Being perennial, this plant grows to 0.2 meters by 0.5 meters.

Ixeris Stolonifera

Interesting Facts of Creeping Lettuce

  • Ixeris stolonifera[1] means “to bound the ground and comes from this sight“. The stem of the Creeping lettuce reaches out and splits with the ground.
  • The Japanese name of Ixeris stolonifera is Jishibari which means “to bound the ground”. This is because the stem of the Creeping lettuce reaches out and splits with the ground.
  • Comparative studies[2] indicate that I. japonica is an auto-hexaploid derived from I. stolonifera. However, the two species have many morphological similarities.
  • Researchers discovered that the essential oil of I. stolonifera[3] has 97 volatile flavor components.
  • Many plantsmen considered I. stolonifera[4] species a noxious weed because it spreads like lightning by stolons and displaces the vegetation.
  • A study[5] indicates that I. stolonifera and I. repens are closely related species based on the chromosomes and karyotype. However, the I. repens is more primitive than I. stolonifera.
Suggested Reading: Flower Species Names

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Key References
  • [1]“20 Flowers That Are Endemic Species in Japan | tsunagu Japan”. Accessed June 06, 2022. Link.
  • [2]“Comparative studies on Ixeris stolonifera and Ixeris japonica” by Takemoto, T. Accessed June 06, 2022. Link.
  • [3]“GC-MS Analyses of the Essential Oils from Ixeris dentate(Thunb.) Nakai and I. stolonifera A. Gray-The Korean Journal of Food And Nutrition | Korea Science”. Accessed June 06, 2022. Link.
  • [4]“Nightmare Plants: Garden Mistakes That Haunt Us | Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio”. Accessed June 06, 2022. Link.
  • [5]“A cytotaxonomic study on genus Izeris in Korea”. Accessed June 06, 2022. Link.


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