Plantago (weeds)

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Plantago L. (plantains)

This genus contains around 150 species of herbaceous plants, some are small shrubs. Several are important agricultural weeds like buckhorn plantain, Plantago lanceolata, or broadleaf plantain, Plantago major. The weed species are widely distributed and affect crops like cereals or pastures.

The plants grow up to 50 cm tall, usually with a basal rosette of leaves close to the ground and taller stalks bearing the inflorescences. The leaves have parallel veins and the tiny flowers are mainly wind-pollinated. The fruit are capsules.


Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: