Plantago major L.

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Plantago major

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hillside Park, Harare

Plantago major

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hillside Park, Harare

Plantago major

Photo: Bart Wursten
La Rochelle

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Common names: Broad-leaved plantain (English)
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Introduced
Perennial herb with leaves spirally arranged in a dense basal rosette. Leaves ovate to broadly elliptic 3-9-veined from the base; margin subentire to irregularly dentate. One to several erect stems arise with single terminal inflorescences; flowers in elongated spikes, greenish. Capsules reddish-brown.
Derivation of specific name: major: larger, greater, bigger
Habitat: In moist disturbed places such as flower beds, lawns, roadsides and in ditches, often along streams and in ditches
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Worldwide distribution: Europe, N Africa, N and C Asia; naturalised widely in the rest of the world
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E
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Flora of Zambia: Plantago major

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African Plant Database: Plantago major
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Plantago major
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Plantago major
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Plantago major
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Plantago major
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Plantago major
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Plantago major
Ispot Southern Africa : Plantago major
JSTOR Plant Science: Plantago major
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Plantago major
Tropicos: Plantago major
West African Plants database: Plantago major

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Plantago major., retrieved 29 May 2016

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