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Plantago antarctica Decne.
Family Plantaginaceae
Plantago antarctica Decne. APNI*

Description: Perennial herb, with a long thick taproot; pilose.

Leaves basal, elliptic to obovate or oblanceolate, mostly 7–10 cm long, 8–20 mm wide, 3–5-veined, margins ± toothed; with brown hairs in the leaf axils.

Scapes 9–20 cm long; spike cylindrical, 1.5–3 cm long, rarely more; bracts ovate, 1.4–1.7 mm long, with a broad glabrous or pilose keel. Sepals elliptic, 2.2–3 mm long, keel not prominent. Corolla lobes broad-ovate, 1.3–1.8 mm long.

Capsule ovoid or almost globose, mostly 2.3–3.5 mm long; seeds 4.


Flowering: December–February

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in montane and subalpine grassland and woodland; south from the Brindabella Ra., mostly from 1100 to 1500 m alt.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
AVH map***

Text by B. G. Briggs
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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