Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales
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Read more about Common Plantain at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
INCLUDED WITHIN Flora of North America
SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 172-01-002:
Plantago major FAMILY Plantaginaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Common Plantain, White-man's-foot
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Keith Bradley kab_plantago_major_71750
June Miami-Dade County FL
Everglades National Park
Scape solid, terete, erect. Spike 4-22cm long, dense in flower and fruit, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968).
JK Marlow jkm060813_314
August Haywood County NC
Blue Ridge Parkway
Lvs glabrous to very pubescent, petioles green (rarely w slight purple tinge), per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968).
COMPARE Mousetail and Plantain
Flora of North America
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Habitat: Lawns, roadsides, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora
Non-native: Europe /possibly native to northeast US
Uncommon (rare in GA Mountains)
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4 well exserted stamens
Capsule dehiscing circumscissily
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses (Miller & Miller, 2005) p146
- Newcomb's Wildflower Guide (Newcomb, 1977) p398
- Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast (Cotterman, Waitt, & Weakley, 2019) p213
- Wildflowers of the Eastern United States (Duncan & Duncan, 1999) p097
- Field Guide to the Wildflowers of Georgia (Chafin, 2016) p281
- Weeds of Southern Turfgrasses (Murphy et al., 1992) p161
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