COMMON NAME: Common Plantain
FAMILY: Plantaginaceae (Plantain Family)
Leaf blade 5–18 cm, widely elliptic to somewhat cordate, narrowed ± abruptly to petiole; margin entire or ± finely dentate, rough to touch
Inflorescences generally 3–7, 5–60 cm including peduncle; spike generally 3–20 cm, linear-cylindric, becoming ± loose; bract ± = sepals, ovate, not exerted
Flower: corolla lobes 0.5 mm, spreading, ovate-lanceolate; stamens 4
Seeds 5–16, < 1 mm
Ecology: Disturbed areas
Elevation: < 2200 m.
Bioregional distribution: California Floristic Province (except Sierra Nevada), Great Basin Floristic Province, Desert Mountains (uncommon)
Distribution outside California: to e US; native to Europe
Flowering time: Apr–Sep
Highly variable; named vars. (including pilgeri Domin & scopulorum Fr. & S.P. Broberg) indistinct.