Plantago drummondii Decne.

Dark Plantain

in A.DC., Prodr. 13 (1): 701 (1852) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Taprooted annual or short-lived perennial. Leaves rosetted, narrow-elliptic to -oblanceolate, mostly 4–14 cm long and 3–20 mm wide, acute to obtuse, villous-pubescent, 3-veined, margins distinctly to obscurely toothed; petiole indistinct. Spike cylindric, mostly 2–12 cm long, somewhat loose; peduncles 2–30 cm long, villous; bracts ovate, 1.5–4 mm long, obtuse, margins ciliate, keel glabrous or sparsely pubescent. Sepals elliptic to obovate, 1.8–3.5 mm long, subequal; corolla-tube 2–3 mm long, lobes 1–2.5 mm long, spreading or reflexed; anthers 0.5–0.7 mm long, exserted. Capsule ovoid to subglobose, 3–5 mm long, 2.2–3.5 mm diam., with a broadly acute apex; seeds 1–5, brownish, lower 4 seeds elliptic, 1.7–3 mm long, apical seed smaller, irregular. Flowers Jul.–Nov.

Glep, Gold, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, RobP, VRiv, Wim. Also WA, NT, SA, Qld, NSW. In Victoria mainly in the north-west where locally common on seasonally wet soils in grassland, shrubland or woodland.

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 drummondii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Plantago drummondii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Goldfields present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales