Plantago coronopus L.

Buck's-horn Plantain

Sp. Pl. 115 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Taprooted perennial or annual. Leaves rosetted, oblong to narrow-oblong in outline, 1–8(–30) cm long, 0.5–2 cm wide, pubescent to glabrescent, 1-veined, pinnatisect or deeply toothed, rarely entire; petiole indistinct. Spike cylindric, 1–5(–12) cm long, dense; peduncles mostly 2–30 cm long, densely antrorse-hairy; bracts broad-ovate, 1.5–3.5 mm long. Sepals ovate to elliptic, 2–3 mm long, unequal, keeled; corolla-tube 1–1.5 mm long, pubescent, lobes c. 1 mm long, spreading or reflexed; anthers c. 1.5 mm long, exserted. Capsule ovoid, 2–2.5 mm long; seeds usually 5, sometimes fewer by abortion, globose to compressed-ovoid, mostly 0.5–1 mm long, greyish or brown.

*Brid, *CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *HSF, *LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *MSB, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *SnM, *Strz, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *WPro, *Wim.

3 subspecies, 2 in Victoria.

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, 2019-02-12
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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 coronopus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Plantago coronopus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Bridgewater present introduced
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Scroll Belt present introduced
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present introduced
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Wilsons Promontory present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present introduced
Otway Ranges present introduced
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised
Snowy Mountains present introduced

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory