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Plantago maritima
sea plantain, seaside plantain

Distribution: West of the Cascades in Washington along the coast; British Columbia south to California.

Habitat: Salt marshes, bluffs and cliffs along the coast.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial from a stout, elongate taproot or an erect, woody base, slightly woolly at the crown; scapes 5-25 cm. long, with stiff, aligned hairs.


Leaves all basal, linear, fleshy, nearly glabrous, mostly sessile, weakly several-nerved, 5-25 cm. long.


Inflorescence a dense, bracteate spike, 2-10 cm. long and under 1 cm. thick; bracts fleshy, broadly triangular-ovate, 1.5-4 mm. long; calyx 4-lobed; corolla tube densely short-hairy, the 4 lobes 1-1.5 mm. long; stamens 4, exerted; ovary superior, 2-celled.



Accepted Name:
Plantago maritima L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 114-115. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Plantago maritima checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Plantago maritima atlas page.

CalPhotos: Plantago maritima photos.

USDA Plants: Plantago maritima information.

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