woolly plantain

(Plantago patagonica)

Conservation Status
woolly plantain
 
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

N5? - Secure

SNA - Not applicable

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

Woolly plantain is a 5 to 10 tall, erect, short-lived, annual forb that rises from a taproot. It is woolly all over. There is no central stem. The leaves and the flowering stalk rise directly from the taproot at ground level. The stems and leaves are covered with long, soft, unmatted hairs.

The leaves are all basal, pointed at the tip, woolly, and untoothed. They grow upward at an angle and are long and narrowly linear, up to 4 long and ½ wide.

The flowering stalk is long, unbranched, woolly, and leafless. The flower spike is woolly, measuring 1 to 6 long at the end of the stalk. There may be 1 to 20 spikes per plant.

The tiny flowers have 4 whitish petals.

 
     
 

Height

 
 

5 to 10

 
     
 

Flower Color

 
 

White to green

 
     
 

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Habitat
 
 

Dry. Prairies, plains, roadsides.

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Flowering

 
 

June to August

 
     
 

Pests and Diseases

 
 

 

 
     
 
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Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 24, 28, 29, 30.

 
  10/17/2021      
         
 

Nativity

 
 

Native to western North America, including North Dakota and South Dakota. Introduced and naturalized in Minnesota.

 
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Kingdom Plantae (green algae and land plants)  
  Subkingdom Viridiplantae (green plants)  
  Infrakingdom Streptophyta (land plants and green algae)  
  Superdivision Embryophyta (land plants)  
  Division Tracheophyta (vascular plants)  
  Subdivision Spermatophytina (seed plants)  
  Class Magnoliopsida (dicots)  
  Superorder Asteranae  
 

Order

Lamiales (mints, plantains, olives, and allies)  
 

Family

Plantaginaceae (plantain)  
  Tribe Plantagineae  
  Genus Plantago (plantain)  
  Subgenus Psyllium  
  Section Gnaphaloides  
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Plantago patagonica var. breviscapa

Plantago patagonica var. gnaphalioides

Plantago patagonica var. oblonga

Plantago patagonica var. spinulosa

Plantago picta

Plantago purshii

Plantago purshii var. breviscapa

Plantago purshii var. oblonga

Plantago purshii var. picta

Plantago purshii var. spinulosa

Plantago spinulosa

Plantago wyomingensis

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

buckhorn plantain

Patagonian plantain

Pursh’s plantain

salt and pepper plant

woolly Indianwheat

woolly plantain

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Linear

Long, straight, and narrow, with more or less parallel sides, like a blade of grass.

 
 
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6/13/2021 12:24

Location: Kellogg Weaver Dunes SNA, Weaver Dunes Unit

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