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Plantago subnuda
Mexican plantain, tall coastal plantain

Distribution: West of the Cascades in Washington in the southwestern portion of the state; Washington south to California.

Habitat: Tidal flats and coastal bluffs.

Flowers: May-September

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Fibrous-rooted perennial from a short, stout, brown-woolly crown.


Leaves all basal, succulent, glabrous, or with a few, stiff hairs, several nerved, elliptic to elliptic-oblanceolate, 5-20 cm. long and 1.5-6 cm. wide.


Scapes stout, 0.5-4 dm. tall, hairy; flowers in a dense, bracteate spike, 5-25 cm. long and up to 1 cm. thick; bracts firm, keeled, 3 mm. long; sepals 4; corolla lobes 4, 2-4 mm. long, narrow, acute, forming a persistent, closed beak over the capsule; stamens 4; ovary superior, 2-celled.


Capsule 2.5-4.5 mm. long.

Accepted Name:
Plantago subnuda Pilg.
Publication: Notizbl. K├Ânigl. Bot. Gart. Berlin 5: 260. 1912.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Plantago subnuda checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Plantago subnuda atlas page.

CalPhotos: Plantago subnuda photos.

USDA Plants: Plantago subnuda information.

7 photographs:
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