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Family: Plantaginaceae
Plantago albicans

Citation: L., Sp. Pl. 114 (1753).

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: None

Perennials with leaves in basal rosettes on short tough much-branched stems with internodes not visible, with slender but tough tap roots; leaves sessile, linear to linear-oblanceolate, 2-10 x 0.2-0.5 cm, acute, entire, with 1-3 indistinct main veins, with more or less appressed silky hairs.

Spike cylindrical, 1-4 cm long, compact; peduncle 5-l 0 cm long, terete, appressed-woolly, with lower flowers often borne at or just above the leaf apices; bracts broadly ovate, membranous; sepals ovate to lanceolate, 2.5-3.5 mm, unequal, with dense antrorse hairs more or less appressed and marginal cilia; corolla tube 3.5-4 mm long; lobes ovate, c. 3.5 mm long; anthers oblong, c. 2 mm long; ovary 2-celled, with 1 ovule in each cell.

Capsule ellipsoid, 2.5-3 mm long; seeds 1 or 2, concave-ellipsoid, 2.5-3 mm long, granulate to reticulate.

image of FSA3_Plantago_alb.jpg Habit and flower.
Image source: fig. 614A in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Pilger (1937) Pflanzenreich 4, 269:fig. 34, 1-7.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: EP.   Native to the Mediterranean region. Flowers: Feb. (1 record).

Conservation status: naturalised

Flowering time: No flowering time is available

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Biology: No text

Taxonomic notes: The varieties recognised by Pilger (1937) Pflanzenreich 4, 269:343 cannot be recognised in Australian material.

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