Plantago bellardii All.

Silky Plantain

Fl. Pedem. 1: 82 (1785) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Taprooted annual. Leaves rosetted, linear-oblanceolate, mostly 1–7.5 cm long and 1–5 mm wide, blunt, pilose, usually 1-veined, margins entire or obscurely toothed; petiole indistinct. Spike ovoid to cylindric, usually 1–3.5 cm long, dense; peduncles 1–6 cm long, with dense, long and short spreading silky hairs; bracts ovate, 2.5–7 mm long, lower ones much longer than sepals, acuminate. Sepals elliptic to oblong, 2.5–3.5 mm long, subequal; corolla-tube 2.5–3 mm long, lobes, 1–1.5 mm long, spreading or reflexed; anthers c. 0.5 mm long, exserted, appendage often about as long as anther. Capsule ellipsoid to subglobose, 2–2.5 mm long; seeds 2, ellipsoid, 1.5–2 mm long, grooved below, pale brown. Flowers Sep.-Dec.

*CVU, *DunT, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *LoM, *VVP, *Wim. Native to Europe and the Middle East. Found in dry inland parts of western Victoria, often on road-verges, farmland or other disturbed sites, but also in relatively undisturbed sandy mallee areas.

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: Frank Udovicic, 2014-11-10
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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 bellardii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Plantago bellardii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised

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Western Australia
South Australia