common plantain, more...broadleaf plantain, buckhorn plantain, great plantain, intermediate plantain, Pilger's plantain, rippleseed plantain, thickleaf plantain (es: pastora, bolsa del pastor)
[Plantago asiatica auct. non L., morePlantago halophila Bickn., Plantago major ssp. intermedia (DC.) Arcang., Plantago major var. asiatica auct. non (L.) Dcne., Plantago major var. intermedia (DC.) Pilger, Plantago major var. pachyphylla Pilger, Plantago major var. pilgeri Domin, Plantago major var. scopulorum Fries & Broberg]
Plant: Perennial herb; to 42 cm tall Leaves: petiolate; blades broadly ovate, 3.5-15 cm long, 2-9 cm wide, attenuate at base, acute at apex, sparsely pubescent, becoming glabrate, distinctly 3 (-5)-veined, the margins with a few shallow lobes near base INFLORESCENCE: pedunculate, scapose; PEDUNCLES 4-20 cm long, sparsely pubescent to glabrous, sometimes appearing ridged to four-sided. SPIKES 3-24 cm long, interrupted near base; bracts broadly ovate, 1.5-4.5 mm long, broad scarious-margined; midvein glabrous Flowers: perfect; sepals broadly ovate to elliptic, 1.2-2.3 mm long, broadly scarious-margined, midvein glabrous; corolla lobes spreading or reflexed, ovate, 0.7-1.5 mm long; stamens 4 Fruit: capsules, breaking well below middle; SEEDS 6-many, irregular in shape, ca. 1.0 mm long, ca. 0.5 mm wide, olive-green to dark brown, the outer surface furrowed Misc: weed of wet areas; 650-2500 m (2200-8200 ft.); May-Oct Notes: Bracts ovate and 2-4mm long.Only one terminal spike. References: Kearney & Peebles; Arizona Flora. McDougall; Seed plants of Northern Arizona. ASU specimans. Huisinga, Kristin D. and Tina J. Ayers. 1999. Plantaginaceae. Ariz. – Nev. Acad. Sci. 32(1).