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My garden neighbor gave me these greens. Is this 苦木? My neighbor said it is ku3mu4. Did I spell it correctly? What is it called in English?

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EDIT: In response to the given answers, here are some entries from my dictionary, but I'm still unsure...

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  • I think it is some sort of "bitter 5433£, but I am not sure. Maybe someone who speaks Chinese better than me can confirm. (?) – Jack Maddington Jul 12 '16 at 19:22
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    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picrasma_quassioides Is the plant that matches that name but that's a bush/tree, not some type of lettuce. – Catija Jul 12 '16 at 19:25
  • Ok, so if that's not what it is, then what is it? – Jack Maddington Jul 12 '16 at 19:27
  • So, since we're not specialists in Chinese, you might have a better chance of figuring out the correct Chinese word by asking on Chinese Language to get the name of the plant... What I did was search the name in your question in the Chinese Wikipedia and then find the English version of the page using the sidebar links in Wikipedia. – Catija Jul 12 '16 at 19:30
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    If you're trying to add details, you can just edit your question. If you're trying to turn this into a plant identification (rather than basing it on the vague description and the approximate Chinese name, which is why I migrated it to Chinese), then like Debbie said, you probably want gardening, and you might want to take a photo of the tree and/or provide more specific details. – Cascabel Jul 14 '16 at 20:38
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I don't cook much.

This looks like 油麦菜.

It is a variation of lettuce (Lactuca sativa). From a search on the web (wikipedia), I don't think there is a specific English name for it.

百度百科 gives a Latin name "Lactuca sativa var longifoliaf. Lam" for it. The site also says it can be called "莜麦菜", "苦菜" or "生菜" (note: there is also another kind of vegetable called "生菜"). But I've never heard anyone calling it "苦木". And as it is a kind of vegetable, I think it should be unlikely for it to be called "苦木".

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    Agreed with 油麦菜, and I never heard of calling it "苦X" either. Maybe we need someone who studies plants to identify this. – PJ.Hades Jul 17 '16 at 23:07
  • Searching for油麦菜 on Wikipedia gives me rapeseed, but I'm not sure the plant looks the same. I will take a picture of the plant and post back. Thanks. – Jack Maddington Jul 28 '16 at 22:09
  • Could the plant name be 苦木 in some 浙江 dialect? – Jack Maddington Jul 28 '16 at 22:27
  • @JackMaddington The Chinese Wikipedia does not have a page for 油麦菜. And I'm not familiar with Zhejiang dialect. – fefe Jul 29 '16 at 1:49
  • I'm sure it's 油麦菜. My mother used to plant them, although we call it "麦菜" in Hakka. In China, people usually eat it with sesame paste without cooking. – thinwa Jul 29 '16 at 2:57

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