Plantago myosuros subsp. myosuros

Mouse Plantain

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Taprooted annual. Leaves rosetted, narrow-elliptic to narrow-obovate, mostly 3–15 cm long and 0.5–1.5 cm wide, acute or obtuse, pubescent to glabrescent, mainly on veins, usually 3-veined, margins toothed; petiole to c. 5 cm long. Spike cylindric, (2–)10–25 cm long, dense; peduncles mostly 5–20 cm long, hirsute; bracts lanceolate to triangular, 1.5–2.5 mm long. Sepals ovate to elliptic, c. 2 mm long, unequal, strongly ridged; corolla-tube c. 1 mm long, lobes mostly 2–3 mm long, erect; anthers c. 0.3 mm long, not exserted. Capsule ovoid, c. 2.5 mm long; seeds 3, ellipsoid, mostly 1.5–2 mm long, greenish. Flowers spring and summer.

*VVP. Also naturalised Qld, NSW. Native to South America. In Victoria currenly known from only from a few sites in basalt plains grassland immediately west of Melbourne.

See notes under Plantago australis.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-04-01
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
genus Plantago
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Plantago myosuros subsp. myosuros in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Plantago myosuros subsp. myosuros in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised

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New South Wales