Plantago lanceolata English plantain Plantaginaceae PLLA*; Bx, cn, nb, pb, sv (Torrey 2017), vc, wv (Yost et al. 1991); NY, bl (Stalter and Tang 2002), ct, hb, iw; Q, a, cu, f, fr, ft, j, ks, rw, tl, u, wl; K, cp, fl, p, pl; R, ar, c, cg, fs; bm, c, cs, gb, s, jl, js, k, mls, mm, wp;

 

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Plantago lanceolata is a perennial herb 10-40 cm tall, roots fibrous. 

Leaves all basal, ascending, narrow with prominent parallel veins, to 40 cm long, 4 cm wide; inflorescence stalk to 50 cm tall. 

Flowers small, inconspicuous, amid bracts; white stamens somewhat conspicuous; inflorescence a narrow spike to 8 cm long to almost 1 cm wide, brown, wooly. densely packed, cylindrical. 

Fruit dry, 0.4 cm with 2 blackish seeds. Seeds eaten by many birds, leaves eaten by rabbits, other small mammals and deer (Martin et al. 1951). 

Wetland status: UPL.

Frequency in NYC: Common. 

Origin: Eurasia. 

Habitat: Open areas, lawns, roadsides, fill, weedy areas.