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buckhorn plantain, English plantain, narrow-leaf plantain, ribwort, ribwort plantain

Habit Perennials; caudex hairy or glabrous; roots fibrous, slender.

0–20 mm.


30–300 × 5–25(–45) mm;

blade lanceolate to oblanceolate, margins entire or toothed, veins conspicuous, surfaces glabrous or sericeous.


300–400 mm, groove-angled, hairy.


grayish, whitish, or yellowish, (5–)100–450(–1000) mm, usually shorter than scape, densely flowered, shiny;

corolla lobes of neighboring flowers often overlapping;

bracts broadly ovate, 2 mm, length 0.8–1 times sepals.


sepals 2–2.5 mm, adaxial 2 connate;

corolla radially symmetric, lobes reflexed, 2–2.5 mm, base obtuse;

stamens 4.


(1 or)2, 2–3(–4) mm.


= 12.

Plantago lanceolata

Phenology Flowering summer.
Habitat Roadsides, trails, lawns, urban areas, other disturbed sites.
Elevation 0–3200 m. (0–10500 ft.)
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Plantago lanceolata is known from historic collections in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

The name Plantago altissima Linnaeus sometimes has been misapplied to North American plants of P. lanceolata.

(Discussion copyrighted by Flora of North America; reprinted with permission.)

Source FNA vol. 17, p. 288.
Parent taxa Plantaginaceae > Plantago
Sibling taxa
P. afra, P. argyrea, P. aristata, P. australis, P. canescens, P. cordata, P. coronopus, P. elongata, P. erecta, P. eriopoda, P. firma, P. floccosa, P. helleri, P. heterophylla, P. hookeriana, P. indica, P. macrocarpa, P. major, P. maritima, P. media, P. ovata, P. patagonica, P. pusilla, P. rhodosperma, P. rugelii, P. sempervirens, P. sparsiflora, P. subnuda, P. tweedyi, P. virginica, P. wrightiana
Synonyms P. lanceolata var. angustifolia, P. lanceolata var. sphaerostachya
Name authority Linnaeus: Sp. Pl. 1: 113. (1753)
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