Plantago lanceolata

(Buckhorn Plantain)


Plantago lanceolata, Washington-on-the-Brazos, Washington Co. 2772


Plantago lanceolata, Washington-on-the-Brazos, Washington Co. 2765

Scientific Name Plantago lanceolata USDA PLANTS Symbol PLLA
Common Name Buckhorn Plantain, English Plantain ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 32874
Family Plantaginaceae (Plantain) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Various soils and conditions; widespread. Usually considered a weed.
Plant: Erect perennial up to 26 inches tall.
Leaves: Basal rosette with numerous generally hairless lanceolate leaves 1-1/2 to 10 inches long and up to 1-1/2 inches wide, with several prominent veins; leaf edges may have a few teeth.
Inflorescence: Spike, ovoid when young becoming cylindrical, 1 to 3 inches long atop a leafless scape (peduncle or stalk); dense cluster of very small white flowers with 4 small (less than 1/10-inch long) lobes or petals and 4 long, protruding stamens.
Bloom Period: May to September.
Fruit: Oblong capsules containing 1 or 2 ellipsoidal, shiny brown seeds.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and SEINet.
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