Page author: David Giblin
Plantago elongata
slender plantain
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: West of the Cascades in Washington, often along the coast; British Columbia south to California, east to Minnesota and Texas.

Habitat: Moist, somewhat saline areas.

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Slender annual from a well-developed taproot, the scapes 3-20 cm. tall.

Leaves:

Leaves all basal, linear, succulent, 2-10 cm. long and 0.3-1.5 mm. wide; leaves and scapes usually rough-pubescent, becoming woolly at the base

Flowers:

Inflorescence a glabrous, bracteate spike, 1-10 cm. long and up to 5 mm. wide, loosely flowered, the rachis partly exposed; bracts fleshy, broadly ovate, 2 mm. long; plants sub-dioecious, some with non-functional stamens, others with non-functional pistils; calyx 4-lobed; corolla small, the 4 lobes less than 1 mm. long, erect or reflexed; stamens mostly 2; ovary superior, 2-celled.

Fruits:

Inflorescence a glabrous, bracteate spike, 1-10 cm. long and up to 5 mm. wide, loosely flowered, the rachis partly exposed; bracts fleshy, broadly ovate, 2 mm. long; plants sub-dioecious, some with non-functional stamens, others with non-functional pistils; calyx 4-lobed; corolla small, the 4 lobes less than 1 mm. long, erect or reflexed; stamens mostly 2; ovary superior, 2-celled.

Accepted Name:
Plantago elongata Pursh
Publication: Fl. Amer. Sept. 2: 729 [1813]. 1814.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Plantago elongata in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Plantago elongata checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Plantago elongata atlas page.

CalPhotos: Plantago elongata photos.

USDA Plants: Plantago elongata information.

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