Plantago hispida R.Br.

Hairy Plantain

Prodr. 425 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Taprooted perennial. Leaves rosetted, narrow-oblong to oblanceolate, mostly 4–9 cm long and 3–15 mm wide, usually obtuse, usually pubescent, 1–5-veined, margins toothed (sometimes obscurely); petiole to c. 3 cm long. Spike cylindric, mostly 1–6 cm long, congested; peduncles 3–30 cm long, pubescent; bracts ovate, 1–3 mm long, acute or obtuse, keel pubescent, margins ciliate. Sepals oblong-elliptic, usually 2.2–3 mm long, subequal; corolla-tube 1.5–2.5 mm long, lobes 1.3–2 mm long, spreading or reflexed; anthers 1–2.2 mm long, exserted. Capsule ovoid to ellipsoid, 2.8–3.5 mm long, style-base persistent; seeds 1–5, compressed-ellipsoid, 1–1.5 mm long, brown. Flowers Sep.–Mar.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, MonT, MuF, NIS, OtP, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also A, SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Apart from the mallee and higher mountains, fairly widespread in Victoria where often found in shallow mossy soil on rock outcrops.

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
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Plantago hispida in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Plantago hispida in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory