Plantago patagonica (Pursh's Plantain) - photos and description

Plantago patagonica
15 cm ruler for scale

Plantago patagonica

Plantago patagonica

Plantago patagonica

Plantago patagonica

Plantago patagonica

General: Annuals with several peduncles from the caudex, peduncles leafless, leaves all basal. Foliage white woolly.

Flowers: Inflorescence is a dense spike, having many bracts and is very woolly. We measured a spike to 9 cm long. The flowers are small, white, we measured a flower at 4 mm diameter.

Leaves: In a basal rosette, linear, we measured the leaf highlighted in the photo above at 110 mm long and 4 mm wide.

Height: Height listed in Flora of Alberta from 5 to 20 cm. We measured plants from 4 to 18 cm in height.

Habitat: Dry grassland on the southern prairies.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Took the above photos on June 16th on dry prairie, Buffalo Grass Eco Reserve, 200 km southeast of our home in Regina, SK.