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Aquatic and Wetland Vascular Plants of the Northern Great Plains

44. Plantaginaceae, the Plantain Family

1. Plantago L. -- Plantain

1. Plantago eriopoda Torr. -- Alkali plantain

Plants with 1-several stout tap roots and scapes 1-4 dm tall. Leaf blades narrowly elliptic or elongate, tapered at both ends, 8-18 cm long, 0.5-3.5 cm wide, coriaceous; petioles mostly 1/2 to as long as the blade, tufted with coppery hairs at the base. Spikes 5-20 cm long, the axis pubescent; bracts and sepals scarious-margined, rounded on the back, 2-2.5 mm long, the sepals elliptic, concave; corolla lobes 1 mm or more long. Capsule ellipsoid, 3-4 mm long; seeds 2-4 per capsule, elliptic, flattened, 2-3 mm long. Jun--Jul. Alkaline and saline meadows, flats, ditches and stream banks; frequent in the n part, less common s; (N.S. to Que.; also MN to Yuk., s to n Mex.).
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