Plantago varia R.Br. APNI*
Synonyms: Plantago struthionis (ex Decne.) A.Cunn. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb, with a persistent and often stout taproot; pilose.
Leaves basal, narrow-elliptic to oblong-oblanceolate, mostly 6–20 cm long, 10–20 mm wide, 3–5-veined, margins usually toothed with conspicuous and often retrorse teeth; with reddish brown hairs in the leaf axil.
Scapes mostly 8–20 cm long; spike 3–11 cm long; bracts ovate, 2.8–3.5 mm long. Sepals elliptic to broad-elliptic, 2.8–3.5 mm long; keel pilose, quarter to half the breadth of the sepal. Corolla lobes ovate, 1.5–2.3 mm long.
Capsule ovoid-globose, 3–3.8 mm long; seeds up to 5.
Flowering: mostly August–February
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in grassland, forest and woodland; widespread, especially on the tablelands, from the coast to the Hay district.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, CWS, SWS, SWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas.
Text by B. G. Briggs
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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