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Grapevine Canyon - SS

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Plantago major - Common plantain

Synonyms: none
Other Common Names: common plantain, broadleaf plantain, buckhorn plantain, great plantain, intermediate plantain, Pilger's plantain, rippleseed plantain, etc.
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Plantaginaceae

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Grapevine Canyon
Grapevine Canyon
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Grapevine Canyon
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Introduced   Life Cycle: Perennial   Similar Species: Plantago spp.
General Desc: Perennial herb.
Identification notes: Perennial herb to 16.5 inches tall; leaf blades broadly oval, narrowing at base, pointed at apex, distinctly 3-5 veined, the margins. with a few shallow lobes near base; found in wet areas.
Height: 16-1/2 inches


Habitat Description: Weed of wet areas.
Plant Communities: Riparian, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 2200 - 8200 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Green     Shape: Regular in elongated clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: May - Oct
Description: Sepals broadly oval to elliptic, 1.2-2.3 mm long, thin membranous margins, mid-vein smooth; corolla lobes spreading or reflexed,oval, 0.7-1.5 mm long; 4 stamens.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Round or Oval     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Basal     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: No     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Peteoles present; blades broadly oval, 1.42-5.9 inches long, 0.79-3.54 inches wide, narrowing at base, pointed at tip, sparsely hairy, becoming smooth, distinctly 3-5 veined, margins with a few shallow lobes near base.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Brown   
Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Notes: Capsules, breaking open at maturity well below middle.
Seed Notes: Irregular in shape, olive-green to dark brown, the outer surface furrowed, 6-to-many, capsule 1.0 mm long and 0.5 mm wide.

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