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Woolly Plantain

Plantago patagonica
Plantago purshii

Photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed along Mesquite Wash, Maricopa Co., Arizona. May 2008. A higher resolution image has been contributed to Wikimedia Commons.

ANNUAL: Spring annual rarely taller than 30 cm.

FLOWERS: Dense, woolly spike of small flowers. Four-lobed, green. Each flower in the spike is subtended by longish (up to twice length of flower), linear bract.

LEAVES: Leaves are narrow and somewhat thickened/fleshy and densly hirsute. Most, if not all, of the leaves are in a basal rosette.

RANGE: Common in the Sonoran Desert mostly at the higher elevations along sandy washes and riparian zones.

FRUIT: Dry single-seeded capsule.

UNARMED. Without thorns/spines.

Plantaginaceae -- Plantain Family

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