Plantago alpestris B.G.Briggs

Veined Plantain

Carolin & Pulley, Contr. New South Wales Natl Herb. 4: 395 (1973) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Perennial herb with adventitious roots. Leaves rosetted, ground-hugging, oblanceolate- to obovate-elliptic, 2–8 cm long, 7–25 mm wide, acute or obtuse, glabrous to pubescent, axils with tufts of long golden-brown hairs, 3-veined (lateral veins inconspicuous), margins entire; petiole indistinct. Spike ovoid to cylindric, 10–many-flowered, 0.8–3 cm long; peduncles 8–16 cm long, pubescent; bracts ovate, 2–2.5 mm long, obtuse, virtually glabrous. Sepals elliptic, 1.5–1.8 mm long, subequal; corolla-tube 1.5–1.8 mm long, lobes 1–1.2 mm long, spreading or reflexed; anthers c. 1 mm long, exserted. Capsule broad-ovoid, 2.5–3 mm long; seeds 4, oblong to elliptic, 1–1.7 mm long, dark brown. Flowers Nov.–Feb.

HSF, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW. In Victoria confined to high-altitude parts of the east: i.e. Baw Baw Plateau, Bogong High Plains, Mt Buffalo, Cobberas and the Snowy Plains. Grows in grassland or herbfield, often beside streams or around bogs.

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.
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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 alpestris in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Plantago alpestris in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales