Plantago palmata Hook. f.

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Plantago palmata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Serena Mountain Lodge, Mount Kenya

Plantago palmata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Edge of hotel carpark, Serena Mountain Lodge, Mt Kenya

Plantago palmata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Edge of hotel carpark, Serena Mountain Lodge, Mt Kenya

Plantago palmata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Serena Mountain Lodge, Mount Kenya

Plantago palmata

Photo: Bob Drummond
Edge of hotel carpark, Serena Mountain Lodge, Mt Kenya

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Synonyms: Plantago kerstenii Asch.
Common names:
Frequency: Probably rare in Zimbabwe.
Status: Probably native
Description:
Perennial herb growing up to 40 cm tall growing from a short with numerous whitish roots. Leaves in a basal rosette, ovate to almost circular in outline with 7-9 lobe-like triangular teeth; long petiolate. Inflorescence a dense spike up to 17 cm long on a peduncle 5 - 30 cm long but often much smaller.
Notes: This species has a sporadic and disjunct distribution in Africa and appears to be known only from a single record in Zimbabwe.
Derivation of specific name: palmata: palmate, like a hand, referring to the lobed leaves.
Habitat: In disturbed places, along roadsides, in clearings of sub-montane forest, grassland or as a weed of plantations and gardens.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: From Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon to Ethiopia and Kenya, south to Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Friday 2 June 2017
Literature:

Agnew, A.D.Q (2013). Upland Kenya Wild Flowers and Ferns Nature Kenya - The East Africa Natural History Society Pages 275 - 1.

Lehmann, G. (1988). Plantaginaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(1) Pages 9 - 11. (Includes a picture).


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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Plantago palmata
African Plant Database: Plantago palmata
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Plantago palmata
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Plantago palmata
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Plantago palmata
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Plantago palmata
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Plantago palmata
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Plantago palmata
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Plantago palmata
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Plantago palmata
Ispot Southern Africa: Plantago palmata
JSTOR Plant Science: Plantago palmata
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Plantago palmata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Plantago palmata
The Plant List (version 1.1): Plantago palmata
Tropicos: Plantago palmata


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Plantago palmata.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=154690, retrieved 17 December 2017

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