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Plantago varia R.Br.
Family Plantaginaceae
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.
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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