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|Family: Plantaginaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Plantago||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Plantago ovata Forssk.
Habit: Annual; hairs +- dense, silky. Leaf: 2--17 cm, linear (oblong), entire or teeth few, minute. Inflorescence: few--many, generally 2--27 cm including peduncle; spike 0.5--3.5 cm, generally short-cylindric, woolly; peduncle not grooved, hairs generally +- spreading (ascending), each in diam generally << to = 2 × those on leaves; bract not exserted, +- = calyx, ovate to round, green midrib generally reaching tip. Flower: abaxial sepals united at base, scarious parts free; corolla lobes spreading, 1.3--2.8 mm, round-ovate, obtuse. Seed: 2, 2--2.5 mm. Chromosomes: 2n=8.
Note: Herbarium specimens generally not assignable to var. in California because midrib color on bracts, petals not reliable.
Unabridged Note: Meyers & Liston recognized 4 varieties, 2 in North America, based on phylogenetic analysis of chloroplast, ITS sequences, and consider plants in California native based on molecular dating; color of bract, petal midribs, used to identify varieties in California, generally not determinable on herbarium specimens.
eFlora Treatment Author: Thomas J. Rosatti
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Plantago maritima
Next taxon: Plantago ovata var. fastigiata
Citation for this treatment: Thomas J. Rosatti 2017. Plantago ovata, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=38577, accessed on February 19, 2017.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on February 19, 2017.