R. Br., Prod. Pl. Nov. Holl. 425 (1810).
Synonymy: Plantago aff. debilis R.Br., Plantago varia
Common name: None
Perennial herbs with leaves in a basal rosette with a usually stout tap root, the leaf base with a tuft of whitish hairs; leaves rarely with an indistinct petiole up to 2.5 cm long continued into a long cuneate base, oblanceolate to linear-oblanceolate, 2.5-12 x 0.4-2 cm, usually obtuse, entire or with widely spaced teeth or lobes, usually with 3 main veins, densely hairy with short and long hairs on both surfaces.
Spikes 1-8 cm long, usually compact; peduncle 2.5-22 cm long, terete, densely hairy usually with spreading hairs, with lower flowers borne at or just above the leaf apices; bracts ovate, shorter than and often only half as long as the sepals; sepals oblong, 2.2-3 mm long, subequal, hairy along the narrow central ridge and ciliate on the broad membranous margin; corolla tube c. 2 mm long; lobes ovate and usually acuminate, 1-1.8 mm long; anthers broadly oblong, c. 1.5 mm long; ovary 2- or 3-celled, with 2 ovules in the 2 lower cells and I above.
Capsule ellipsoid, 2.8-3.5 mm long; seeds 1-5, compressed-ellipsoid, c. 1.5 mm long, granular.
Image source: fig. 615C in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Often associated with limestone and usually in coastal regions.
S.Aust.: FR, EA, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE. W.Aust.; Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas.
Flowering time: Aug. — Nov.
SA Distribution Map based
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specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia
Dried specimens of P. hispida are usually recognised by their greyish or greenish colour which is also found in P. sp. B, a similar species. It is, however, distinguished by the anthers being c. 1.5 mm long and the capsule 2.8-3.5 mm long.
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