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Plantago muelleri Pilg.
Family Plantaginaceae
Common name: Star Plantain

Plantago muelleri Pilg. APNI*

Description: Perennial herb, with adventitious roots; glabrous except for the pilose scapes.

Leaves basal, lamina elliptic to lanceolate, mostly 2.5–8 cm long, 7–15 mm wide, 3-veined, thick, glossy, margins entire or with a few inconspicuous teeth.

Scapes 1–2 mm long at flowering, elongating in fruit to equal the leaves; spike ± capitate, 2–13-flowered, hidden among the leaf bases at flowering stage; bracts ovate, 2.4–3.5 mm long. Sepals elliptic, 2.5–3.5 mm long, glabrous, with a narrow keel. Corolla lobes elliptic to ovate, 1.4–2 mm long.

Capsule ellipsoid to globose, 2.5–4 mm long; seeds up to 4.

Flowering: December–March

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in fen, along stream banks and below snow patches, in the alpine and subalpine zones of Kosciusko plateau and Brindabella Ra.; ST.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
AVH map***

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

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