Fl. Bor. Amer. 1: 95 (1803) APNI
Annual with weakly developed taproot. Leaves rosette, narrow-elliptic to narrow-linear, 4–20 cm long, 1–9 mm wide, acuminate, densely villous to glabrescent, 3-veined, margin entire; petiole indistinct. Spike narrowly cylindric, (0.5–)3–15 cm long, densely flowered; peduncles 10–20 cm long, densely appressed villous; bracts narrowly-ovate, basalmost 0.8–4 cm but reduced upwards, apex acute, densely villous. Sepals narrowly obovate or ovate, 2–3 mm long, unequal, keeled, densely pilose on keel and at apex; corolla-tube c. 2 mm long, lobes 2–2.5 mm long, spreading to reflexed; anthers c. 0.4 mm long, included or slightly exserted. Capsule ellipsoid to ovoid, 2.5–3 mm long; seeds 2, ellipsoid to oblong, (1.9–)2.3–2.7 mm, brown. Flowers Aug.–Feb.
Plantago aristata was collected on two separate occasions in 1923 from Lilydale.
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