broadleaf plantain, common plantain, broadleaf plantain, buckhorn plantain, great plantain, rippleseed plantain
- Plantago major is a perennial from a basal rosette with broad oval leaves.
- Smooth or slightly hairy, oval to elliptic, with a waxy surface and veins that are parallel to the margins. Margins are un-toothed and sometimes wavy.
- Flowers produced on unbranched stalks that arise from the rosette. Flowering stems are 5-15 in. (12.7-38.1 cm) long, clustered with small flowers that have whitish petals and bracts surrounding the flowers.
- A 2-celled oval capsule, 0.12-0.2 in. (3-5 mm) long, that opens by a lid around the middle.
- Ecological Threat
- Plantago major can be found throughout the United States, primarily a weed of turfgrass. It is native to Eurasia.
- University of California, Jepson Flora Project
- Flora of China, www.eFloras.org
- Wildscreen, ARKive
- USDA NRCS PLANTS
- USDA ARS GRIN
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