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Plantago myosuros Lam.
Family Plantaginaceae
Plantago myosuros Lam. APNI*

Description: Annual herb, with a persistent taproot; pilose.

Leaves basal, lamina elliptic to oblanceolate, mostly 3–10 cm long and 2–20 mm wide, 3-veined, margins toothed.

Scapes mostly 5–20 cm high; spike cylindrical, mostly 10–25 cm long, compact; bracts lanceolate to narrow-triangular, 1.5–2.5 mm long. Sepals ovate to elliptic c. 2 mm long, pilose to hirsute; keel narrow. Corolla lobes lanceolate, 1.6–3.3 mm long.

Capsule ovoid, c. 2.5 mm long; seeds 3.


Flowering: October–December

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in eucalypt forest, woodland and grassland; coastal districts, chiefly from Jervis Bay to the Hunter Valley. Native of S Amer., Ecuador to Argentina.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NWS
Other Australian states: *Qld
AVH map***

Text by B. G. Briggs
Taxon concept:

One subspecies in NSW: Plantago myosuros subsp. myosuros

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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