Plantago arenaria Waldst. & Kit.

Descr. Icon. Pl. Hung. 1: 51, t. 51 (1801) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect annual herb to c. 30 cm high, glandular-pilose; stems branched, leafy. Leaves opposite, linear, mostly 2.5–6 cm long and 1–4 mm wide, acute, 1- or 3-veined, margins entire or shortly lobed or toothed, sessile. Spike globose to ovoid, 1–2 cm long, dense; peduncles to 8 cm long; bracts at base of spike leaf-like; upper bracts ovate, 3–5 mm long. Sepals linear to ovate, 3–5 mm long, unequal, ciliate; corolla-tube 3–3.5 mm long, lobes 1.5–2 mm long, c. spreading; anthers c. 1.5 mm long. Capsule ovoid, c. 3.5 mm long; seeds 2, c. 2 mm long. Flowers mainly spring and summer.

*Gold, *LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *VRiv. Also naturalised SA, NSW. Native to northern Africa, Europe, Asia. Currently known only from near Rushworth, Tatura and Wyperfeld National Park and environs, but possibly more widespread in disturbed sites of dry inland areas.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Plantaginaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Plantago scabra Moench).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-04-01
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
genus Plantago
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Plantago arenaria in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Plantago arenaria in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present introduced
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present introduced
Goldfields present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory