Narrow-leaf Plantain

Plantago lanceolata

Narrow-leaf Plantain, Plantago lanceolata, photo © by Mike Plagens

Observed along a sunny trail near a riparian area in the ponderosa forest at Washington Park, Gila Co., Arizona. 8 Aug. 2015.

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Narrow-leaf Plantain

FLOWERS: The small greenish flowers occur in a short, dense spikes on 30 cm tall or taller peduncles. Below each flower are papery bracts that turn brown at maturity.

LEAVES: Long narrow leaves with five, nearly parallel veins.

PERENNIAL: Entirely herbacous, regrowing for several years from perennial root.

RANGE: Found in meadows and forest edges throughout much of North America; introduced from Europe.

FRUIT: Dry capsules with two seeds each.


Plantaginaceae -- Plantain Family

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Arizona Naturalist
Arizona's Ponderosa Woodlands
The Flora of Arizona's Ponderosa Woodlands


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