Plantago floccosa


in A. P. de Candolle and A. L. P. P. de Candolle, Prodr. 13(1): 723. 1852.

Common names: Floccose plantain
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 17. Treatment on page 287. Mentioned on page 283.

Perennials; caudex well developed, conspicuous, glabrous or hairy; roots several taproots, fragile. Stems 0–30 mm. Leaves 50–220 × 9–60 mm; blade elliptic to narrowly elliptic, margins with inconspicuous teeth, veins conspicuous, surfaces hairy, adaxial surface hairs floccose, slender, 4–6 × 0.01–0.03 mm. Scapes 55–220 mm, lanate, hairs variously directed, long. Spikes greenish or brownish, 200–500 mm, densely flowered, flowers less crowded proximally; bracts narrowly triangular or triangular, 2–2.8 mm, lengths 0.9–1 times sepals. Flowers: sepals 1.9–2.7 mm; corolla radially symmetric, lobes erect, forming a beak, 2–2.9 mm, base obtuse; stamens 4. Seeds 3, 1.8–2.4 mm.

Phenology: Flowering spring–fall.
Habitat: Roadsides.
Elevation: 0–300 m.


Introduced; Fla., Mexico (Hidalgo, México, Querétaro, San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas, Veracruz).


According to J. Burkhalter (pers. comm.), Plantago floccosa is well established in northwestern Florida near the border with Alabama.

Selected References


Lower Taxa