Plantago aristata bracted plantain Plantaginaceae PLAR(*); Q, j, tl; K, fl (Z. Wang 2016); R, jl;

 

Plantago aristada.John D. Byrd.www.forestyimages.org

Plantago aristada. John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org.www.forestyimages.org.. (Accessed 11/2014).

Plantago aristata is an annual or short-lived, hairy, perennial herb. 

Leaves basal, linear, to 18 cm long, base sheathing, dilated, papery. 

Flowers white, very small, petals 0.2 cm, spreading; bract below each flower linear, elongate, conspicuous, the lower ones to 2.5 cm long, shorter above; inflorescence a wooly spike. 

Fruit dry capsules with 2 seeds. 

Wetland status: UPL. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent but many plants often found at one site. 

Origin: Midwestern US. 

Habitat: Dry, open soil.