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Family: Plantaginaceae
Plantago scabra

Citation: Moench, Meth. 461 (1794).

Synonymy: P. psyllium L., Sp. Pl. 115 (1753), confused name; P. indica L., Syst. Nat. edn 10:896 (1759), nom. illegit.; P. arenaria Waldst. & Kit., Pl. Rar. Hung. 1:51 (1801).

Common name: None

Erect annual herbs up to 25 cm tall, with 1 to few branches from the base, little-branched, with widely spaced opposite leaves, usually densely glandularhairy; leaves sessile, linear, 20-60 x 1-4 mm, acute, entire or with 2-4 short linear lobes or teeth, with I or 3 raised veins on the undersurface, covered with glandular and eglandular hairs.

Spike globular to short-cylindrical, 1-2 cm long; peduncle 1-5 cm long; bracts with leaf-like apex at the base becoming more or less membranous on the spike; sepals ovate to linear, 3-5 mm long, unequal, more or less ciliate and with glandular hairs mainly on the herbaceous ridge, membranous corolla tube 3-3.5 mm long; lobes ovate, c. 2 mm long, usually acuminate; anthers almost orbicular; ovary 2-celled with 1 ovule in each; style glandular-hairy.

Capsule ovoid, c. 3.5 mm long; seeds elliptic, c. 2 mm long, coffee-bean-shaped, smooth.

image of FSA3_Plantago_sca.jpg Habit.
Image source: fig. 615E in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Pilger (1937) Pflanzenreich 269:fig. 42 as P. indica.

Distribution:    N.S.W.; Vic.   Native and/or naturalised in Europe, north Africa into central Asia.

Conservation status: naturalised

Flowering time: Sept. — Oct.

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Biology: Known from sporadic records and doubtfully naturalised in S.Aust.

Author: Not yet available

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